Presented by Osmium-Institute – Osmium, the 76th element of the periodic table, is the most valuable precious metal on Earth. Over 1,500 times rarer than gold, the metal is mined in conjunction with platinum, to a yield of roughly one ounce of osmium for every 10,000 tons of platinum extracted. It has the highest density, compression modulus, and abrasion resistance of any element. It is also absolutely stunning to behold. So why do so few people know about it?
Up until 2014, osmium was available only in its powdery, toxic raw form. Due to its rarity and toxicity, raw osmium had few scientific uses, and even fewer industrial applications. Only when Swiss scientists discovered the process required to crystallize the raw form into solid bars was osmium able to be handled safely.
Since then, the market for crystallized osmium has boomed. In the past three years alone, the price for one gram of osmium has gone from $970 to $1,851. Investors who acquired osmium in March of 2020 have already seen a 26% increase in the value of their pieces.
What has been driving these surges? The metal is beautiful, for one thing, and demand has been increasing for collectors who wish to insert osmium into luxury jewelry pieces, watches, and accessories. Its reliable performance attracts investors who are used to dealing with precious metals and who see a safe long-term option.
However, what makes osmium a truly revolutionary precious metal is its security. Like a human fingerprint, every single piece of crystallized osmium has a unique crystal structure, one that is logged and stored in the Osmium World Database. Thanks to is digital tag, every sale of osmium is logged and tracked, and any the verified identity of every piece of Osmium can be instantly called up with a quick scan of its assigned QR code. Furthermore, its natural density means that it cannot for falsified the way that false gold bars have been created with lead or tungsten cores. Osmium is the world’s first and only unforgeable tangible asset.