Did you know meteorites contain platinum? The earliest recorded meteorite dates back 2 billion years. Since then platinum has been seen throughout history.
In the Louvre sits a casket in Egyptian Hierogliphics out of platinum which dates to about 700 BC. Some artifacts were discovered in Pre-columbian South America dating 100 BC. Not knowing what they had, the Spanish Conquistadors in the 16th Century named it “platina”-“little silver”.
In the mid 1700’s a Swedish scientist categorizes Platinum as a precious metal. King Louis XVI of France wore the jewelry made of the precious metal. Substantial deposits of platinum were discovered in the 1800’s in Russia and it was officially declared legal tender. Czars and other European kings adorned themselves with the precious metal.
During the Victorian era many new jewelry designs were put forth by the houses of Tiffany and Cartier to accompany the new diamond finds. In the early 1900’s platinum deposits were discovered in Johannesburg, Africa.
During WWII platinum was used for the armaments industry and the creation of platinum jewelry prohibited. That is why you will see much white gold coming into popular use at that time. In the late 1990’s platinum jewelry made a resurgence.
At this Spring’s international jewelry fairs one sees platinum jewelry shifting toward more structured, engineered designs.
Strong lines, tubular shapes, chains and perforated designs, geometric motifs, stacked rings and hoop or drops earrings have been some of the guiding themes enabling designers to create strong yet intricate structures. It’s lovely luster and rarity makes platinum one of the most sought after metals for bridal/wedding jewelry.