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


Presented by the Osmium Institute.

Although being the rarest precious metal in the world, osmium is still relatively unknown. The metal, more than 1,500 times rarer than gold, has a variety of exceptional qualities, among which it is the densest element known to man. It has only recently begun to attract the attention of investors and collectors, largely due to the discovery of the process that transforms this metal from a brittle powder into a beautiful silver-blue crystalline form.

Learn more about the crystal structure of osmium and why it’s so revolutionary here.

Once crystallized, osmium is used in many applications. Made 99.9995% pure during the crystallization process, it becomes attractive to investors looking to diversify their portfolios of tangible assets and alternative assets. Its high value density allows owners to store the equivalent in value of a luxury sports car in the palm of their hand. And of course, its dazzling appearance makes it irresistible to luxury jewelry and accessory producers.

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

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

With its unique color and characteristic sheen, metal lends a unique touch to every room in which it is presented. See more at


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