Facts you may not have known about
All the platinum ever mined from the beginning of time would
fit into a typical living room.
The coronation crown of the Queen Mother was made from platinum.
The Kohinoor (Mountain of Light) diamond, part of the crown
jewels is set in platinum.
Around two tonnes of ore has to be mined to obtain enough
platinum to make a ring.
Platinum's melting point is almost double that of gold.
Platinum is used in the hard discs of most PC's to improve
capacity and durability.
Platinum is resistant to attack from most chemicals.
The only material suitable for the electrode in heart pacemakers
Platinum is used to make nitrogen fertilisers.
1 gram of platinum can be made into wire 2 kilometres long.
One third of the platinum mined in the world in 2005 was made into jewellery.
The Duke and Duchess of Windsor had platinum wedding rings
made by Cartier.
There is no platinum in a platinum record; it's only plastic
dipped in silver.
It takes 8 weeks to refine pure platinum from the ore extracted
from the earth.