Small quantities of platinum were discovered by the British scientist Sir William Matthew Flinders Petrie in 1895 in ancient Egyptian jewellery.
It must therefore be assumed that platinum was first used around 3000 BC. Today metallic platinum is practically no longer mined. There are only mines in South Africa. In the production of non-ferrous metals such as copper and nickel, platinum metals are a by-product of nickel refining. There are five by-metals in the platinum group. Rhodium, osmium, iridium, palladium and ruthenium. These by-metals are so similar to platinum that in the beginning they caused great difficulties in pure extraction. Platinum is a corrosion-resistant, soft and malleable precious metal. It is also suitable for the manufacture of high-quality wedding rings because of its high resistance to tarnishing, durability and rarity. We process platinum in e.g. the Mokume Gane wedding rings Seraya as well as in our Zodiac rings.