Platinum is found in nature in the Earth's crust. It exists as alloys with several other metals, including palladium, ruthenium, osmium, rhodium and iridium. It belongs to group 10 in the Periodic Table of Elements.
Platinum is found in alluvial deposits in several countries, including Russia, Columbia and South Africa. In the United States, it's found in Alaska. There are several methods for separating platinum from other metals, and no one method is standard. Platinum is used in jewelry, surgical tools and electrical wiring. It is durable and resistant to tarnish, making it a metal of choice in the fine jewelry industry.