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Osmium facts

That is why you should buy osmium: Osmium is the rarest precious metal in the world and belongs to the platinum metals. Constantly rising osmium prices have their reason in the rarity and the complex production process. It is mined in South Africa, Canada, Australia and Kazakhstan and is obtained as a combined metal with platinum or nickel. Only 30 grams of osmium are contained in 10,000 tons of platinum ore. There are no other mining possibilities.

The total global deposit is estimated to be a minable 1 m³. 17 m³ is estimated to be in the earth's crust in total. The annual production amounts to approx. 1,200 kg. Only since 2013 has it been possible to crystallize the toxic osmium in a complex laboratory process and to market it as a non-toxic precious metal in the form of bars, discs, squares, diamonds and stars. In comparison, gold occurs 1,500 times more frequently and not all gold deposits have been explored by a long shot.

Osmium Ring with Diamonds
Investors can also buy jewelry made of osmium. Source: Oslery GmbH

Technical data

Buy Osmium as ingots disc or squares
Disc as final product after crystallization

As the densest of all non-radioactive elements and chemical compounds on Earth, osmium is not falsifiable. With a compression modulus of 462 GPa, it is harder to compress than diamond. Osmium has the highest abrasion resistance and is an excellent gamma ray shield. It is also interesting to note its use at low temperatures as a very effective superconductor.

The incomparable brilliance of crystalline osmium surpasses that of diamonds many times over, as the incident light is reflected unbroken on the crystal surface. Before you buy osmium, you should familiarize yourself with the positive properties listed below.

  • Discovery: 1804 by Smithson Tennant, London
  • Crystallizable since: 2013
  • Chemical purity: 99.9995 %.
  • Compression modulus: 462 GPa
  • Density of the PSE: 22.61 g/cm³
  • Melting point: 3,033 °C
  • Boiling point: 5,000 °C
  • Atomic number: 76

The raw osmium to be crystallized is purchased exclusively from certified mines. Purchases from speculators or private individuals do not take place, as the toxic raw osmium may not be sold to private individuals. After the crystallization process, osmium is very hard and has a bluish-white luster. It consists of a crystal structure that has the hexagonal densest sphere packing.

Osmium vs. diamonds

Diamonds can catch fire at a temperature of 800 °C and above and turn into worthless graphite when burned. As a reminder: A candle reaches a temperature of up to 1,400 °C at its hottest point above the visible flame. Osmium is not substitutable! This is based on the very fact that it is the densest of all stable elements and chemical compounds on earth.

There is no way to artificially produce crystalline osmium. Each individual piece of osmium has a unique crystal structure that does not exist in diamonds. Diamonds are increasingly being produced artificially. The production processes have been known for a long time and are already used industrially. The raw material for a single carat amounts to only a few euros. Synthetic diamonds can be produced in any conceivable quality and cannot be distinguished from real diamonds without modern testing equipment. This inevitably leads to the fact that the market for diamonds is becoming less and less interesting for investors due to falling prices.

Buy osmium in the form of a disc
The largest flat form that osmium can be crystallized into is the Osmium Disk. With its diameter of 5 cm to 12.5 cm, the Osmium Disk is an ideal investment product for investors. Furthermore, the price/performance ratio of the disc is particularly good. In addition, the Osmium Disk has the highest value density, because there are no processing surcharges for the cut. You can buy the Osmium with many payment options from the Osmium Institute.


With a diameter of 5 cm up to 12.5 cm, the Osmium Disk is the largest flat shape in which Osmium can be crystallized. The rectangular flat ingots are crystallized in different area sizes, therefore they also have different weights. Osmium ingots are available from about 10 mm x 8 mm up to a size of 40 mm x 25 mm. The Coin Disk with a diameter of 1.8 cm is the smallest Osmium Disk. It has almost no difference in weight and thickness. Discs, ingots and squares have the best price/quality ratio, because they have no extra cost for the labor-intensive and expensive cutting process. Therefore, ingots, discs and squares are favorable prices.

Like table bars of gold or silver, the split bars can be broken into individual pieces for further processing into jewelry or for sale. The pieces can be re-certified at any time. The Diamonds (3 mm - 9 mm diameter), Squares (2 mm - 9 mm side length) and Triangles (3 mm - 6 mm side length) can be easily processed as jewelry without much effort, as these shapes can be easily grasped. The letters, numbers and symbols are often used to make pendants or inlays. You can buy the osmium directly from the Osmium Institute via the product links.

As a private individual and as a processing company, you can have osmium grown and shapened in 2D or 3D.

Provided that the desired shapes are not too filigree, 3D objects can be crystallized on carbon bodies at any time according to your ideas. It is easier with 2D objects, which are cut out of flat ingots in the desired shape.

If you would like to order a mold, please enter your requirements in the fields below. The local Osmium Institute will contact you and discuss the order. If you want to order a mold according to your own ideas, then send us an e-mail with your specifications. We will contact you immediately to discuss the further procedure.

However, we would like to point out that for the above-mentioned custom-made products, the cost must be paid in full in advance. In the wire EDM process, the cost of cutting the osmium object decreases, depending on the number of pieces ordered.

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Pay Osmium Prices in Euro or Bitcoin

Osmium can be bought in Euros, Swiss Francs, Australian Dollars, US Dollars, British Pounds, Bitcoin, Ethereum and Gold Ounces.

For investors it is recommended to buy osmium bars or osmium discs. These are the most flexible starting products for further processing. Via the Osmium Institute, a disc can be exchanged for several bars of the same weight and vice versa at any time. There is no charge for this. Diamonds, stars, squares and triangles are mainly used for further processing by jewelers and goldsmiths. With letters, numbers and symbols you make a very individual gift.

The price of the object is based on the weight and the daily spot price. After ordering in the store, the goods must be paid in advance. You can also buy osmium with Bitcoin or Ethereum. After payment is received, the goods are shipped fully insured. From an investment amount above €10,000, the Osmium Box is the first choice. When a fixed investment amount is specified, the corresponding objects are compiled, which then approximate the amount. Since this is naturally never exactly possible, you always get a little more osmium when buying osmium.

Osmium prices

Osmium prices are displayed on a daily basis in US dollars, Swiss francs and in euros. Every customer can check the value of the product online with the Osmium Identification Code checker tool. The OIC checker works as follows: first, after entering the OIC , the certificate is displayed. So you always have it at hand. The OIC checker also includes the origin, weight and dimensions as well as high-resolution graphics. The current net price of the osmium product is also displayed.

But importantly, the price quoted is a spot price, which is calculated based on the supply of raw osmium, the harvest rate and many other factors. When selling, a price can be achieved that is higher or lower depending on supply and demand. Interested investors are increasingly buying osmium from countries where the precious metal has been relatively unknown. The more customers buy osmium, the more this will be reflected in rising prices.

What factors influence osmium prices?

Osmium prices are influenced by several factors. Among the most important are:

  • Harvest rate: i.e. how much osmium could be successfully crystallized
  • Labor and material costs: for failed crystallization
  • Supply of crude osmium: by-product from platinum ore, which has to be isolated in a complex process
  • Current demand and inventory: orders, pre-orders, future forecast, number of certified osmium products.
  • Expenses for iterative high purification from crystallization: to the high-quality end product
  • Fixed and variable costs: safety, personnel, packaging, equipment, cutting, certification, energy costs
Raw osmium offer

The supply of raw osmium is one of the most important factors affecting osmium prices. Raw osmium is mined in mines as a byproduct. It is separated from the platinum ore and transported to the laboratory. These background steps are influenced by mine operators and transportation routes, so those actions must be considered economically in pricing. The amount of raw osmium available on the market has a direct influence on the price. The lower the supply of raw osmium, the higher the price. Crystalline osmium can only be produced if crude osmium undergoes a lengthy and complex process under extreme conditions of high pressure and temperature.

Harvest rate of crystalline osmium

The harvest rate corresponds to the success rate of the crystallization process and thus has a great influence on the price. Not every gram of raw osmium that went through the numerous steps of crystallization crystallized to the desired quality. Those quantities are reintroduced into the process and highly purified. Thus, the harvest rate per furnace has a high influence on the production quantity and consequently on the daily price when buying osmium.


Demand for crystalline osmium has risen sharply in recent years. This has led to a corresponding increase in osmium prices. However, higher prices can slow down demand in order to keep up in the work process. This is essentially how it is with crystalline osmium, with demand broken down into orders placed, pre-orders, future forecast and number of certified osmium products in the database. Demand is converted into real sales and has roughly quadrupled from 2019 to 2020 and more than quadrupled again from 2020 to 2021.

Stock and orders

Osmium inventory and orders are also important factors affecting the price. Osmium prices have been on an upward trend for years, harvest rates have increased, and material and labor costs in the event of unsuccessful crystallization also contribute significantly to osmium prices. The supply of raw osmium has also decreased, further increasing the demand for the precious metal....

Processing costs

The processing costs depend on many factors. These include the offcut and loss on the wire, the number of pieces and the individual osmium object. The programming costs for the creation of the forming sequences and wire cut sequence are also included.

Cutting costs

Cutting osmium in small shapes and symbols is quite laborious. Nevertheless, it is considered very precise, which is why it is particularly suitable for the crystalline and refractory precious metal. The extraordinary hardness makes cutting an expensive affair, but this cost is not incurred for the discs, ingots and squares. The process for cutting is called wire EDM.

Stock exchange listing

The listing should be accompanied by increased demand. Osmium has already been listed on the TM2 commodity exchange since 2021. In contrast to the European market, osmium is still largely unknown in China and the USA. The introduction in these two countries should ensure a further price rally in the future. All in all, the listing will create a new and sparkling future for osmium.

Osmium price development

Since crystalline osmium has only been available since 2015, the price development can only be tracked over a relatively short period. However, osmium can be compared quite well with rhodium, which has also only been traded for a relatively short time and was €800 at market launch. In the period from 2017 to 2022, the price of rhodium increased sixteenfold.

It would not surprise the insider if it would behave similarly with osmium. Buying osmium is especially recommended when the price takes a 4%-5% dip. In almost all cases, this is due to the fact that newly manufactured osmium products are entered into the system in large quantities and the algorithm re-sets the price. These price drops last only a few days, then the original price is reached again.

Osmium vs. gold

Investors consider gold to be crisis-proof and always like to include it in their portfolios. Osmium has the advantage over gold of being counterfeit-proof. One gram of osmium is roughly equivalent to the price of one ounce of gold and takes up much less space in storage. Unlike gold, osmium is not traded on commodity futures exchanges and is therefore not subject to high volatility.

Certainly much to the chagrin of day traders who want to book their profits with rising or falling price trends. Although the gold price has risen steadily in recent years, it has also often taken a course that was no longer comprehensible to many experts. With osmium, on the other hand, there is an extremely lucrative investment opportunity because of the security features and the projected production volumes that are soon to run out. Investors even have the opportunity to buy osmium with their gold.

However, compared to buying osmium, it is not quite as easy to sell as gold. But with the support of about 1,000 dealers in over 30 countries, this should not be a problem. Since 2021, the Osmium Institute has launched the Osmium Marketplace for buying and selling osmium. There, private individuals can sell to private individuals. The prerequisite is that both seller and buyer have a OIC to log in there.

Note: The numerical values of osmium shown are EUR, those of gold and silver are US dollars, and those of the German Stock Index are points. This chart is provided to help you decide why you should buy Osmium.


The surface structure of osmium is unique. No two pieces are alike and it is 10,000 times more unique than a human fingerprint, but the actual number is many times higher. In addition, a certificate ensures identification and simplifies the resale of the precious metal.


The German Osmium Institute scans each piece of crystalline osmium with a resolution of 25,000 measuring points per square millimeter using Keyence microscopes, measures it, weighs it and stores the scans in the Osmium World database with the assigned Osmium Identification Code (OIC) and a QR code. This makes it easier for customs authorities to verify the identity and legal ownership of each piece when it crosses the border, and to clear it through customs if necessary. The value is based on the current daily exchange rate.


In order to be able to receive their own new Owner-Change-Code (OCC) for a newly purchased piece of osmium, each buyer must provide an e-mail address at the time of purchase. The Osmium World database can be called up at By entering OIC , one can find the master data of one's own osmium here. OIC and QR are printed in white on the black foil box in which the osmium is delivered. In the database, the owner can change ownership several times and once.


A certificate is issued by the Osmium Institute for each individual piece of osmium before it is placed on the market. It proves the authenticity of the osmium object and contains the physical data. The certificate allows easy trade and makes osmium uninteresting for thieves, because the owner is stored in an online database. Buy osmium with certificate, it means a high level of security.


Since osmium has the highest specific gravity of all metals, there is no possibility of incorporating another metal as a "substitute". Because then the specific gravity would decrease and the counterfeit could be unmasked immediately. In the case of gold, tungsten is used for counterfeiting purposes because tungsten has almost the identical specific gravity as gold.

Surface structure

The surface structure of osmium is very complex and can be assigned to each individual piece. This so-called microgeometry is determined by the fact that each edge of a single crystal has a certain angle to the neighboring crystal.


The toxic powdery osmium is crystallized in a laboratory in a very complex 160 individual steps. Through the crystallization process, the osmium has completely lost its original toxic property. Osmium cannot be crystallized by synthetic means, since osmium is a chemical element that, by definition, cannot be broken down any further.

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