Many believe that platinum is a new metal. Did you know some meteorites contain platinum? The earliest recorded meteorite dates back 2 billion years. Since then, platinum has been seen throughout history. In the Louvre, sits a casket with platinum hieroglyphics that dates to about 700 BC. Some artifacts were discovered in Pre-Columbian South America dating 100 BC. Not knowing what they had, the Spanish Conquistadors in the 16th Century named it “platina”, “little silver”. In the mid 1700’s, a Swedish scientist categorized platinum as a precious metal.