Platinum is the ideal metal for jewellery because its
But being 30 times rarer than gold, platinum is also more expensive.
Platinum can be found in the settings of the world's most famous diamonds: The Star of Africa, The Hope, and The Koh-I-Noor.
Platinum is also incredibly pliable. One gram can be drawn in a fine wire to a remarkable distance of nearly two kilometersa quality used to spectacular effect in the courts of King Louis XVI and Tsar Nicholas, whose ladies wore gowns woven with platinum thread.
This unusual partnership of strength and pliability are due to platinum's incredibly high melting point (almost double that of gold) and has always made the metal a difficult one to master.