The origin story of platinum is so extraordinary it sounds like something from a Marvel movie. In fact, the narrative is a lot like the fictional mineral Vibranium in Black Panther, but it’s real. Billions of years ago platinum came crashing down to earth in meteors. From this auspicious start, it has long been the King of Metals.
Platinum is rarer and stronger than gold. The high melting point meant craftsmen really couldn’t work with it until around the turn of the 20th century. Once they had the technology to craft it, platinum became de rigueur in the jewels made for royalty and queens of society. Throughout platinum’s history in jewelry, it has largely been used in formal masterpieces as well as engagement rings. In other words, the most important jewels in a woman’s life.
A new collaboration between Muse Showroom and the Platinum Guild International is reintroducing how platinum is a beautiful choice for special daytime jewelry as well. Famous for bringing together all kinds of talents and resources for some of the most imaginative collabs in the fine jewelry world, Muse has made this presentation an extension of its Have a Heart collection of charms and pendants.
For Have A Heart: Platinum Edition, the creative force and co-founder of Muse, Jennifer Shanker selected 8 designers to make the love connection with the white metal, namely Guita M, Luis Morais, Maria Canale, Michelle Fantaci, Nancy Newberg, Stephanie Windsor, Sylva et Cie and Ten Thousand Things. “We love the luxurious quality of the material and the creative and even whimsical ways the designers worked with it,” explains Jennifer.
There are over 25 unique jewels in the collection. The pieces include an edgy pavé-set diamond and platinum heart and an anatomically correct heart. A vintage style star, an old fashion key and a full alphabet of block letter pendants are among the array. The jewels range in price from $500 to $35,000.
Have A Heart: Platinum Edition is being launched at the 2019 Couture Jewelry Show in Las Vegas, the most important event on the contemporary design calendar. During the course of the year it will appear at various events including special occasions with Muse ambassadors Lizzie Tisch, Lori Hirshleifer and Sukey Noovogratz who will be curating capsule collections of the jewels. A portion of the proceeds will benefit charities including City Meals on Wheels, Project ALS and Joyful Heart.