All the platinum used in Andrew Berry’s jewellery is the finest grade available 950 purity.
Settings made from platinum hold the world’s most precious gemstones as its beauty shows up the sparkle and brilliance of a diamond.
Some Interesting Facts about Platinum
- Every car in Great Britain has platinum in its catalytic converter, which reduces emissions.
- Only about one-third of the platinum mined today is used in jewellery, where it consistently commands higher prices than the purest gold.
- It is interesting to note that there are no stockpiles or “reserves” of platinum in any government or banking storage.
- In order to extract one ounce of platinum, about 10 tones of ore need to be mined. Then the refining process begins taking over five months.
- Platinum belongs to a family of six metals, platinum, palladium, rhodium, ruthenium, iridium and osmium.
The Beauty of Platinum
- Platinum is a naturally white metal and will maintain its lustre for ever unlike other white metals which turn yellowish in time.
- The weight of platinum is one of it’s strongest selling points, it has a satisfying weight which people naturally equate with value.
- As the platinum used in jewellery is 95% pure, it is hypoallergenic. All the platinum used in AndrewBerry.com’s jewellery is 95% pure which is the finest grade available. Other metals are added to the pure platinum to give it its strength.
- Platinum is extremely dense and is much heavier than silver or gold. Settings made from platinum hold the world’s most precious gemstones but remains the goldsmiths choice when only the best will do.
Caring for Platinum
- Like gold, platinum is ideal for setting your diamonds and gemstones. However, to enjoy it to the full, make sure to keep it clean and safe.
- While it is the strongest of metals, it can scratch and develop a lustre of wear. Many people prefer this look, but if you like it to be shiney like new then a good jeweller can polish it back to the original high polish.
- Do not wear your platinum jewellery during rough work or handling household chemicals. Keep it in a jewellery box away from other pieces so that it does not get scratched. Also regularly check the settings and if any claws seem loose then immediately take it along to a professional for attention.