Platinum is actually a rare metal and is much more rare than gold. 80% of the Platinum of the planet is mined in South Africa; 10% in Russia and the rest in other places. Most of the platinum is used in other industries and only a small amount is being used for fine jewelry. It is a very easy metal to work on, it is soft but yet stronger than Gold. It has a natural silvery shine to it and it will never tarnish.