By Sarah Waller
Platinum is an element that was found in 1735 by Antonio de Ulloa in the United Kingdom. It came from the Spanish term, platina. Platina translates to "little silver". Although Antonio was credited for the discovery, Platinum was used in 1557 by Italian Humanist Julius Ceaser Scaliger.
Picture of Antonio de Ulloa.
Atomic Number: 78
Atomic Weight: 195.09 g-mol -1
Standard State At Room Temperature: 298* k
Boiling Point: 3800* C
Melting Point: 1772* C
Category: Transition Metal
Platinum is often used for jewelry. Many royal crowns contain Platinum. It is very silvery white and beautiful after polish.
This ring contains Platinum in the base of the ring.
This is a platinum chunk that that has just come out of the mine without polish and shine.
This is a picture of Platinum after polish and shine. It almost looks like aluminum foil.