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Description/Technical Characteristics
Origin and history


Platinum is considered as one of the most precious metals. In nature it is generally found as part of the so-called Platinum Group Metals (PGMs) and together with other metals such as gold, nickel or copper. The PGMs are Platinum (Pt), Palladium (Pd), Rhodium (Rh), Ruthenium (Ru), Iridium (Ir) and Osmium (Os). Platinum and Palladium are the most important of the PGMs.

Platinum is a rare, scarce and costly metal and it shows certain properties which make it unique. The specific chemical and physical properties of this metal are of essential use for many different applications. Platinum is known as the environmental metal. As a matter of fact, approximately 20% of the goods manufactured in the world contain platinum or are produced using platinum.

Description/Technical Characteristics

Platinum is one of the densest and heaviest metals, highly malleable, soft and ductile. It is extremely resistant to oxidation and to corrosion of high temperatures or chemical elements as well as a very good conductor of electricity and a powerful catalyzing agent. Platinum is soluble only in aqua regia. This precious metal has silvery-white color and does not tarnish.

Origin and history

Although platinum is regarded as a "new" metal in its present form, it has a long history. Ancient Egyptians and Pre-Columbian Indian civilizations already valued it as a very important element. The "modern" discovery of platinum is attributed to Spanish conquerors in the 17th century. Actually the name platinum was given by the Spanish word, platina, meaning little silver. Spaniards had discovered alluvial deposits of the rare white metal when they were mining in search for gold in the Choco region in Colombia. Paradoxically, they considered platinum as a nuisance for their mining of gold.

After the introduction of platinum into Europe in the 18th century it became a metal of interest for scientists due to its special properties. In 1751, a Swedish assayer, Scheffer, recognized platinum as the seventh existing element at that time. The French physicist P.F. Chabaneau first obtained malleable platinum in 1789 in order to produce a chalice presented to Pius VI. It seems that the British chemist W. H. Wollaston was the first person to obtain a sample of pure platinum in the early 1800s. The techniques used by Wollaston in the separation of PGMs are considered to be the basis for modern platinum metallurgy.

The production of platinum requires very complex processing techniques that were not available until the end of the 19th century. Moreover, the high melting points of platinum made it very difficult to work with it. It was only with the development of new refining techniques that platinum was more widely used for new industrial applications. On the other hand, the use of platinum in fine jewelry rose quickly in the beginning of the 20th century. Platinum was already highly appreciated for its beauty and durability.

During World War II the availability of platinum was limited since it was declared as a strategic material. Use of platinum for most non-military applications was prohibited. After the war, consumption of platinum increased due to its catalytic properties. This increase in demand followed the development of molecular conversion techniques in the refining of petroleum. In the 1970s this demand grew even more thanks to the introduction of automotive emission standards in the developed countries.

One of the most important obstacles for a more widespread use of platinum in its history has been its limited supply. At present time, deposits of platinum are concentrated in a few areas in the world, mainly in South Africa and the Russian Federation. However, in the last few decades new mines have been opened and sophisticated platinum mining techniques have been developed. Platinum has become a metal of great importance in the world and prospects for this metal are very positive.





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#87   What's up with Platinum? Futures monthly chart is Long-vestor 06/26/18 06:15:13 PM
#86   Hi guys! Taliban 04/18/18 03:09:07 PM
#85   $PLAT Median Line Analysis is all about making Pro-Life 01/23/18 10:10:19 AM
#84   Yesterday was a big reversal day in overbought territory. Pro-Life 01/23/18 10:08:06 AM
#83   And that run continues... Pro-Life 11/24/17 01:04:25 PM
#82   Solid run this summer... Pro-Life 09/05/17 10:15:44 PM
#81   Not trading anything here... Pro-Life 06/20/17 05:51:49 PM
#80   Weekly chart looks solid... Pro-Life 04/18/17 09:11:55 PM
#79   Lows of 12.2016 are higher than lows of 12.2015... Pro-Life 02/19/17 09:23:35 AM
#78   Merry Christmas... Pro-Life 12/25/16 05:02:09 AM
#77   Copper/Palladium going the opposite of the PM's including Platinum... Pro-Life 11/22/16 05:21:37 AM
#76   FUD supporting metals/semi-precious metals... Pro-Life 11/06/16 08:26:22 AM
#75   The uptrend continues for the PM/Semi-precious metals. Pro-Life 08/16/16 08:39:27 AM
#74   $PLAT making new highs for the year... Pro-Life 07/08/16 11:02:54 AM
#73   $PLAT at another buy point??? Pro-Life 05/22/16 05:39:25 AM
#72   $PLAT above the daily MA200 and weekly MA40... Pro-Life 03/21/16 03:19:01 PM
#71   $PLAT... for the week +4.81% Pro-Life 01/30/16 07:10:18 PM
#70   $PLAT under $1K... what a joke. Pro-Life 12/28/15 08:45:09 AM
#69   Reverse head and shoulders forming on the weekly chart??? Pro-Life 11/03/15 09:13:20 AM
#68   Nothing new... Pro-Life 09/03/15 06:23:08 PM
#67   Metals in collapse mode...manipulated, of course... Pro-Life 07/19/15 12:36:49 AM
#66   Another new MULTI year closing low... $PLAT Pro-Life 06/21/15 06:14:45 PM
#65   The worst performing metal in the last 4 Pro-Life 06/11/15 08:48:12 PM
#64   Metals hit like a brick... ouch. Pro-Life 04/22/15 07:00:00 PM
#63   Breaking $1100 was ugly... Pro-Life 04/08/15 03:12:13 PM
#62   Nothing has really changed in a month. Pro-Life 01/31/15 12:27:02 AM
#61   Nothing impressive here chartwise. Pro-Life 12/26/14 11:19:18 PM
#60   All the metals jumped today... $PLAT Pro-Life 12/09/14 09:07:58 PM
#59   All PM's/Semi-PM's getting torched lately but especially today... Pro-Life 11/28/14 09:12:02 PM
#58   What a move off the bottom in PGM's. Pro-Life 11/08/14 02:19:15 AM
#57   What a difference 60 days makes... There is Pro-Life 10/06/14 04:16:47 PM
#56   $PALL at fresh highs at the expense of $PLAT??? Pro-Life 08/30/14 11:21:57 PM
#55   All metals are moving ahead... $PLAT Pro-Life 07/04/14 02:05:24 PM
#54   What a power move the last 2 days... $PLAT Pro-Life 05/14/14 11:26:10 PM
#53   Like the weekly of other PGM's, $PLAT will Pro-Life 02/24/14 07:32:09 AM
#52   Still range bound... it'll go higher, give it time. Pro-Life 02/13/14 09:19:28 PM
#51   That trend is still in effect... Pro-Life 09/02/13 01:17:25 PM
#50   That uptrend from early July looks strong... Pro-Life 08/18/13 10:48:24 AM
#49   The bottom is in for the sector... Pro-Life 07/11/13 10:50:13 PM
#48   Semi-precious metals have done better than precious metals Pro-Life 06/29/13 09:59:46 PM
#47   All metals have taken a beating this year... Pro-Life 06/16/13 01:54:53 PM
#46   Nothing but up since the first of the year... Pro-Life 01/24/13 04:42:34 AM
#45   Can $1500 hold as support??? Pro-Life 12/31/12 02:05:25 AM
#44   Video primer for the metal called Platinum: Pro-Life 12/06/12 01:28:03 PM
#43   Radomski: Platinum & Palladium - A Nice Addition Pro-Life 11/21/12 04:29:20 PM
#42   Daily Signals: youtradeFX 09/27/12 05:34:17 AM
#41   Platinum Hits Two-Month High On Continuing South African Pro-Life 08/20/12 07:14:56 PM
#40   All the futures boards are for metals discussion Pro-Life 08/17/12 05:18:11 PM
#39   2 HUGE days for $PLAT!!! Pro-Life 08/17/12 05:17:39 PM
#38   PGM's are bottoming here during the past 2 months. Pro-Life 08/11/12 04:17:59 PM