Bridal & Engagement
Jewellers Vigilance Canada
Platinum emerged as a fashionable jewellery material in the Roaring Twenties, in what became known as the Art Deco era. Today, platinum jewellery is more widespread than ever.
Platinum is part of the platinum group of elements, all with similar properties: platinum, palladium, rhodium, iridium, osmium and ruthenium. It is one the rarest elements and least reactive metal–dense, malleable, resistant and valuable.
The word platinum owes its origin to the Spaniards, who called it platina del Pinto. Platina translates into ‘little silver’ and the Pinto was the name of the river in Colombia where the Spaniards first found this precious metal.
Louis Cartier is considered the pioneer of platinum use in jewellery making. This pale grey metal with its satin lustre remains a highly sought-after alloy and is growing increasingly popular as an engagement ring option.
Platinum is totally corrosion-resistant and does not tarnish. It is insoluble and cannot be attacked by acids. Platinum is a completely hypoallergenic metal.
It is extremely malleable, rendering it the preferred metal for setting diamonds. It is a strong metal and wears better than gold and silver.