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Increased Demand for Platinum Jewelry in 2009?

November 25, 2008 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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According to a report from Johnson Matthey, demand for platinum jewelry may rise next year. During the past year, the rising price of platinum (which topped at $2,200 an ounce) had a negative impact on jewelry manufacturing. As prices rose, recycling of old platinum jewelry, especially in China and Japan, further depressed demand. But when the shocking news from the financial sector hit in the third quarter, prices of precious metals, including platinum, dropped significantly.

The current spot price of platinum has been hovering near $825 an ounce, while gold has dropped back to around $750, after topping $1,000 an ounce earlier in the year. The bigger drop in platinum prices compared to gold prices is said to be attributed to the fact that platinum is predominantly an industrial metal, while gold is more of a financial metal.

If demand for platinum jewelry increases that means the price of platinum will likely rise, too. So, if you are looking to sell some platinum jewelry, you may want to wait a few months to see what happens on the market. Platinum, along with its sister metals Palladium and Rhodium, may be set for a rebound.

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