The most popular precious metal; Gold is used by investors to diversify risk, manufacturers to hedge, central banks for reserve, and as a flight to safety in times of war and financial stress.
Like Gold, Silver is used as an investment, although its main demand is jewelry, which makes up 40% of consumption. Other uses include bullion coins, clothing, and industry.
More than 75% of all Platinum is mined in South Africa. Relatively scarce compared to Gold and Silver, Platinum is used primarily in catalytic converters for automobiles. Other uses are jewelry, dentistry and industrial.