It all begins with the first tracks of Platinum found in the gold used to make the burial decoration during the Ancient Egypt (1200 BC).
The more important proves of platinum use into decorations are the hieroglyphs found on a copper alloy recipient dating from the around 700 BC. The box belonged to the Ancient Egyptian princess Shepenupet II. The hieroglyphs found on the back of it were reported by Marcellin Berthlot in his 1901 work “Comptus Rendus” , to be composed of a gold an platinum compound.
It’s not know for sure either it was thoughtful use of platinum or just a happening.
Later on, 500 years later more exactly, the Indians part of a culture named La Tolita living close to a platinum rich alluvial (on the border between Columbia and Ecuador) began to use platinum compound in their jewelry.
Examples of the jewelry made of this metal are relics like earrings, masks or nose rings. The platinum parts appeared to be separated on purpose from the other areas of the objects. And this makes an important question arise, on how did they manage to melt the platinum. How did they manage to melt platinum at 1772.0 °C ?
100 BC is the year where knowledge about the use of platinum will be lost for thousand of years. Here the ancient civilizations of South America, gifted Incas metal workers and craftsmen created charming ceremonial jewelry as well as used for personal beauty purpose jewelry. Platinum will be rediscovered along with the discovery of the new world.
The late 19th century represents the start point of the western use of platinum in jewelry industry. The first appearance of this metal in jewelry was marked by using it under the form of platinum foil applied over the golden jewelry, taking the form of “Platinum appliqué jewelry”.
Another few important precious platinum objects are: a few pieces of jewelry created for King Louis of France including an ornate sugar bowl; a 30 cm high platinum ornate caliche commissioned by King Carlos III of Spain to Francisco Alonso in order to be presented to Pope Pius VI worth 75,000 $ on today’s market.
The Faberge Eggs. Each Faberge Egg contains a secret surprise in it’s making. It all begins with Peter Carl Faberge who voluntary offers his service to Alexander III in making a jewelry piece for his wife Marie.
Hailed by King Edward VII, in the year of 1900, the “Jeweler of Kings and the King of Jewelers”, Louis Cartier is the first to create Platinum Jewelry, announcing it’s incredible attributes and the capacity of enhancing the radiance of the diamonds used in the built of the precious objects.
And this is the beginning of a great story of selling platinum objects. If you would like to know how much your platinum items are worth, pay a visit to Best NYC Buyers.