PLATINUM GROUP MINERALS
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Studying the minerals and metals of sand beaches,
oceans deposits and rivers have
produced interesting results, using methods in metallurgy to obtain the following pictures,
and graphics to explain mineral metals. Matter can exist as solid, liquid, gas or plasma. Metal elements can exist as compounds, ions, metalloids, minerals, bonded with other elements including organics which
alters their state from true metals.
This site is designed to present questions and
provide some explanation and observations
in an attempt to further understand the complex nature of mineralized noble
Fusion is the process of using low temperature or moderate
metals to collect finely divide metallic or mineral metal, to form an alloy. Once the
alloy has been made additional parting process are use to separate the collected metals.
Even metals that have a very high melting points will fuse with metals with low melting points.
The trick for this to be successful is to convert the carbon and interfering elements and
organics present to inert states, prior to fusion.
The above button, left silver as a collector and Bismuth on the right
The above buttons are silver
fusions with Pt/Fe caps and Ag/Au/Pt under melt pearl,
view from the top
Example of Pt/Fe cap and Ag/Au/Pd pearl
The Pt/Fe cap is separated from the Ag
pearl with 1050F, the sample in the
middle is parted from the Ag cut and polished. The complete button on top with
Ag lower pearl was polished while still connected. The lower left is a raw Pt/Fe cap.
The above is the result of reheating a fusion button on the left. The dross and cooling effect of the different metals collected will cause pooling from one end to the other based on percentage of various
PGE's, gold collected by the host metal. Oxidization will also cause various colors to seen as well.
The above grain is a graphic, designed to show that all
precious metals are not only
shiny metallic, however as minerals will be gray to black in appearance. PGMM used
through out this site is defined as Platinum Group Mineral Metals. PGME may also be used
referring to Platinum Group Mineral Elements. When the metal atoms and host elements are
arranged in peculiar ratios they can be considered minerals.
Click on the headings below to
see more details
showing the mineral-metal relationship
UP Dated May, 2011