An Insider’s Look at the World’s Rarest Precious Metal

Presented by Osmium Institute.

Despite being the world’s rarest precious metal, osmium is still relatively unknown. The metal, over 1,500 times rarer than gold, boasts a variety of exceptional qualities, among them being that it is the densest element known to man. Only recently has it begun to capture the attention of investors and collectors alike, largely thanks to the discovery of the process that transforms this metal from a brittle powder into a beautiful, silver-blue crystalline form.

Find out more about osmium’s crystalline structure and why it is so revolutionary here.

Once crystallized, osmium is used in numerous applications. Rendered 99.9995% pure during the crystallization process, it becomes attractive to investors looking to diversify their tangible asset and alternative asset portfolios. Its high value density allows possessors to store the value equivalent of a luxury sportscar in the palm of their hand. And of course, its dazzling appearance makes it irresistible to producers of luxury jewelry and accessories.

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Crystalline osmium debut in the luxury accessory world occurred in 2014 when it was featured in Hublot’s Firmament timepiece. It was featured shortly thereafter in an Executive Tourbillon timepiece produced by Swiss watchmakers Ulysse Nardin. Since then, it has been used to create unique dials of several notable watch brands, including WH&T and Une.

Following its success in the luxury timepieces industry, the use of crystalline osmium in exclusive jewelry and accessories surged. German-based companies such as Oslery GmbH produce cutting-edge pieces, from rings to necklaces, from tie clips to cufflinks. It has even been set into one-of-a-kind golden dominos. It can be meticulously cut into various custom designs. Recently, osmium was the featured material adorning a pair of ultrahigh end headphones produced by Ultrasone.

With its unique color and characteristic sparkle, the metal provides a unique flair to every piece in which it is featured. See more at


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