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Platinum and Platinum Jewelry - Metals in the Platinum Family

Platinum is a popular choice for fine jewelry settings. Other metals in the platinum family are palladium, iridium, osmium, rhodium, and ruthenium. Use this guide to learn more about the platinum family of metals.

Platinum Basics
Platinum is a rare precious metal that's used to create fine jewelry. Markings engraved on platinum jewelry disclose how much pure platinum each piece contains.

Men's Platinum Wedding Bands
A selection of platinum men's wedding bands, some with diamonds and others with hand-crafted, engraved motifs that use platinum's natural white luster as a stunning backdrop.

Enter Platinum
The qualities we admire in platinum are one of the reasons the metal wasn't widely used until the 18th and 19th centuries. The Professional Jeweler explains.

Palladium - Chemical Fact Sheet
This technical description of palladium includes some bits that are of interest even to the non-techie crowd.

A description of rhodium and its varied uses.

Vanishing Palladium
The use of palladium in jewelry peaked during World War II, when platinum was a strategic metal--so unavailable. Learn about the advantages and disadvantages of palladium jewelry, and how much of it might be mislabeled as platinum today.

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