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Platinum is one of the world rarest metals and it is known for fantastic strength and durability. It is even more pure, more expensive and difficult to find than gold. It is also far heavier, denser and stronger than gold and platinum jewelry is boasted to last a lifetime- and far more. This is not an exaggeration. Almost three quarters of the worlds platinum is found in South Africa , with only a small percentage of it found in Russia and an even smaller percentage of it found in North America . In the 20's and 30's, platinum was extremely popular and more than half the weddings rings made in those decades were made of platinum. In the 40's, the U.S government declared it a strategic metal useful to the war effort and civilian use of it was banned. Today it is again in use and tremendously in style; it is considered the perfect setting for valuable gems [especially good-quality diamonds] because it is so workable and fine. Platinum is so malleable that it conforms easily to the shape of the stone, reducing the chance of damaging the stone while being set. In harder materials the ring-prongs are small and sometimes scratch the surface of the gem. In this sense, platinum is a far better option than gold, reducing the chance for loosely held precious gems falling out. It is, however, a poor choice for earrings, as the heavy metal is not easily worn throughout the day. For earrings, it is recommended you stick to gold.

 

 

 

 

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