But it can also be achingly beautiful, its color ranging from platinum to ancient jade, depending on the light it's reflecting.
a platinum wig
The belly of the monster was covered in gold, silver, platinum , and precious gems.
Owing to its high melting point, manufacturing platinum jewellery is also an art.
But a BBC World Service correspondent who visited the area says thousands of illegal miners are extracting material containing cobalt, copper, platinum and uranium.
Over 90 percent pure, platinum is hypoallergenic to most people.
The fuel cell electrodes contain platinum as the catalyst.
The precious metal platinum is well known to be an excellent catalyst in a number of chemical reactions.
This contrasts with other precious and semi-precious metals, such as silver and platinum , where industrial demand governs prices.
The monolith is coated first with oxides, then a layer of metals such as platinum , rhodium, and palladium is added.