Platinum: Tips for quality check
It’s resistant to wear and tear; it does not tarnish easily; it’s an extremely rare metal on earth; but platinum—the metal that has been hogging the limelight for quite some time now—exists in abundance on the Moon.
This naturally white, lustrous metal’s durability ensures that your jewellery lasts a lifetime and more. Consequently, the ‘eternal’ platinum has been accorded the mighty responsibility of safeguarding all true love and lovers of the world.
But all said and done, the metal is ideal for jewellery, especially to set diamonds. The naturally white luster ensures that the metal does not cast any colour onto the white stone. And the fact that it won’t wear away ensures that your diamonds and precious stones are held securely.Also, platinum is hypoallergenic. So even those with extremely sensitive skin can wear jewellery set in platinum and not get a reaction.
But how do you assess that you are getting the real deal? Thankfully, even though the metal is still in its nascent stages, hallmarking is already in place. In India, platinum metal is sold through the Platinum Guild International. Moreover, each platinum product is authenticated with a third-party certification from the Underwriters Laboratories. So, much like the certification from the Gemological Institute of India (GIA) or the BIS hallmarking for your diamonds and precious stones, be sure to ask for the UL card for your platinum product.
The UL card will carry details such as the type and purity of the metal used, its quality, and so on. It is your insurance and guarantee that the product you have purchased is indeed genuine. For an object to be classified as platinum, it should contain at least 95 percent of the metal. This is what the hallmarked platinum will reveal.
Hallmarking signs and symbols vary across the world. In India the piece of jewellery or the product is engraved with the Pt950 mark. In the US this is marked as 900Plat or 900Pt. While Pt and Plat stand for platinum, the numbers reveal that a minimum of 95 percent platinum or 90 percent platinum is present in that product respectively with the remaining being an alloy.Another factor to remember is that in the US, the percentages range from 950 to 850. In Japan the range falls between 850 to 999 percent. Again, even if an object contains less than 85 percent of pure platinum, it will have a UL card. The percentages will be specified in it and that is what you need to keep an eye out for.