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    • Iron in the platinum...  Tends to happen  from time to time  similar to gold riding an iron horse he brings with him the platinum sisters.  Riding that same horse.  So I recommend refining the precious ore in a acidic compound to destroy the ferrous metals that would be Magnetic and leave behind the non ferrous or precious metals that are acid resistant. and non magnetic.  I might have said this already on a different  forum.  But the rendering of platinas ( platinum group metals)  was written by  William Hyde Walston  ( he discovered the palladium  and rhodium) in 1863 since then there have been several methods discovered to result in the separation of the platinum group metals. I use assorted methods pending on condition of the find.   Also there are more than six different platinum type metals.  Palladium iridium rhodium ruthenium osmium and platinum. (. Also a few sub platinum group each has a value) Looking for the denser of the bunch can pose to be a process in of itself. .. Being that it is so dense it would settle in deposits deeper than gold.  However palladium and rhodium are lighter than gold and can be found with gold.  Or closer to surface.   Now I'm sure people have done things one way not knowing another as that happens often,  heck I'm sure there other methods of the process. ...getting long winded.  ... In short keep going if you think you have something. You may surprise yourself. 
    • If I cut a piece of it I that shape it would.  But the structure of the piece is very similar to the find I have being that is pocketed the same. That is a nice piece where did you find it. 
    • Ignot,  true since I processed it.  It would be a nugget (natural nugget)  if I had not worked it. 
    • OK...  The leaching process is a excellent way to extract precious metals of all types from other alloys.  Using compounds you can systematicly separate the elements from the alloys.  Once you have the elements separated you can use a torch to bring them to temp. Etc..  Me personally I am processing a platinum find. Many don't know this but platinum group metals are mostly found in the form of ore. As in raw form .  Utilizing the process of refining precious metals,  for example using nitric acid to process gold. I decompose the ore into a liquid and then separate the element by neutralizing the acidic liquid.  Once the elements have been separated  and filter etc.  I then use my torch to bring up to temp. A furnace works better to get a even temp. 
    • I was in the hospital for 6 days in Feb 2020 and I havent been the same since-so with all this covid crap going around getting treatment for other things has been slow going-hopefully after next month I might be able to get out and do something once again  
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