One of the booths I visited at Inhorgenta 2023 was Oslery GmbH. The company raised my interest last year with its displays of Osmium metal and Osmium “infused” products. I was already in love with the look of this precious material from wristwatches like Czapek & Cie. Antarctique Frozen Star S or the Ulysse Nardin Executive Tourbillon Free Wheel Osmium. Scarlett Clauss, founder and CEO of Oslery GmbH accepted to share with me (and us) some details about this magnificent element.
I was impressed by the multitude of applications in which osmium can be used. I mean, it is clear that if you have a surface, this amazingly good-looking metal is the most precious obvious choice.
Osmium was first discovered in platinum ore by the English chemist Smithson Tennant in 1804. In its raw form, osmium is a hard, brittle, blue-gray or blue-black powder and is one of the eight precious metals, being part of the platinum metals group. The name osmium – derived from the Greek word osme (smell) – comes from the noxious and foul-smelling tetroxide present in raw osmium. Because of this toxicity, osmium in its raw form should also not be purchased or traded by private individuals.
Osmium is chemically reactive and was first used as filament in light bulbs by the Osram company before it was later replaced by tungsten due to its rarity and the harmful component. The company name Osram, held to this day, derives from the combination of the names Os-mium and Wolf-ram (German for tungsten). Due to its low occurrence, there are still only a few possible applications for raw osmium today. Osmium alloys are used in vanishingly small quantities, for example in the manufacture of pacemakers, in special arthritis treatment, and artificial valves.
Oslery GmbH is your expert for your desired certified osmium pieces. They are happy to help with questions about the processing, certification, and distribution of osmium jewelry. Found more information about it here: https://oslery.com/en/about-oslery/
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