The Adventurine Posts On Gem X: Celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Cartier platinum, diamond and rock crystal tiara featured in the Cartier & Islamic Art: In Search of Modernity exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art Photo Marian Gérard, Collection Cartier © Cartier

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On Gem X: Celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Marion Fasel talks about all things platinum with Lin Jamison

by The Adventurine Editors

July 8, 2022—Join The Adventurine’s Marion Fasel and Gem X’s Lin Jamison in an all-encompassing online conversation about platinum taking place on July 13 at 12pm Eastern Time. The presentation will not only cover the history and special properties of the metal, but will also include Queen Elizabeth II’s favorite platinum jewels, how the metal’s role in jewelry has changed over time and how designers are using it today. RSVP for the event here.

With the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, Marion became fascinated by this rare and precious metal once again. She realized during the run-up to the event that the story of the “King of Metals” had been somewhat lost over time. People were asking her all kinds of questions like, “Why is Queen Elizabeth II’s 70th anniversary as Britain’s monarch called the Platinum Jubilee?”

Queen Elizabeth II wore the Greville diamond and platinum Art Deco Chandelier Earrings by Cartier London among other jewels in this 1953 portrait by Baron. Photo Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2022

The short answer is because platinum is the rarest metal and it is a rare achievement. A longer version of the platinum story begins like something from a Marvel movie when the metal fell to earth in meteorites. It goes on to include a sugar bowl designed for Louis XIV and comes to a grand crescendo with jaw-dropping 20th and 21st century designs seen in some of the most important jewels in history. All this and more will be shared in the Gem X conversation.

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