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This article is about the current version of DF.

Native platinum is the only ore of platinum, one of the most valuable metals available (equal in value to aluminum). Its high material value makes both the ore and the smelted metal a convenient material for high value furniture for nobles. If the deposits are not mined out, smoothed and engraved platinum walls can add a lot of value to rooms, too.

Native platinum can occur in veins inside bodies of magnetite and as small cluster within chromite. The veins from magnetite specifically can extend far outside the magnetite they originate from and the vein may even be interrupted at the magnetite cluster border.

When mined, chunks of native platinum are called platinum nuggets.

Although the raw entries for native platinum indicate that it appears as veins within olivine, a bug causes it to only appear in small clusters (even in the absence of chromite). Bug:1429

[edit] In Real Life

Native platinum is technically not an ore; it's simply chunks of mostly pure metallic platinum. As platinum is an extremely unreactive metal, even less reactive than gold, this is by far the most common form in which platinum is found in nature.

A 112g (3.6 oz) platinum nugget.
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