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INSIDER Trade Tips | Identifying Platinum

How to identify Platinum Jewellery

If you have a piece of jewellery and you are not sure if it is Platinum or not, remove a small splinter of metal from the piece from somewhere it does not show.

Place this piece on a melting surface (soldering station) and try melting it.

  • If it melts into a ball straight away it is NOT platinum.

  • If it glows like a star it IS Platinum.

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About the Author

Jurgen Maerz is recognised as one of the world’s leading experts on Platinum in Jewellery who has been working in the jewellery industry for over 40 years. He has taught Jewellery skills and Gemmology (for GIA) at many prestigious national and international Schools. Until his recent retirement he was the Technical Education Director for the Platinum Guild International (PGI) Based in the USA Jurgen occasionally continues to teach and be professionally consulted about Platinum issues.

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