As one of the lesser known, but nonetheless vital precious metals, Platinum has a long history of being used for jewelry and ornamentation, reaching back to the ancient Egyptian empire, having been discovered on a coffin unearthed in Thebes, estimated to be from the 7th century BC.
Modern day uses of platinum include being a key element in catalytic converters for vehicles , as a catalyst in the chemical industry, and even in the creation of life-saving anti-cancer drugs.
On today’s episode, we explore this exclusive metal that befuddled miners and scientists alike when it was first discovered. Dubbed ‘platina’ or ‘little silver’ by the Spanish Conquistadors, the truth is, it’s so much more than meets the eye. Time to dig into Platinum, on Commodity Culture.