Interview with: Kira Gräfin von Plettenberg, Management and Investor Relations; Sarah Völk, Managing Partner Luxos-Invest GmbH.
For the past few years, osmium has been making waves in the precious metals market. It is considered an outlier from other precious metals and has shown strong performance even during the times of high volatility.
The eighth and last of the precious metals has seen consistent growth in its daily spot prices. Decoupled from secondary markets, the value of osmium is not influenced by the behaviour of other precious metals. As a result, osmium is eyed by many as a gainful addition to any portfolio.
In the past, when the price of gold has stagnated, osmium has become more valuable. Osmium cannot be banned as a money substitute metal like gold. As the world's only unforgeable metal, it also has an advantage over silver, which is found in growing quantities to contain the carcinogenic metal cadmium.
During its initial five years on the market, osmium faced broad scepticism and saw investments only from a small number of well-informed professionals. As is common with most emerging markets, companies and high net-worth individuals observed osmium’s performance carefully and patiently before finally making a move themselves. Now, this new precious metal has arrived on the world stage.
Only small quantities of osmium can be mined and separated from platinum each year. Today, the total volume of the osmium market is estimated to be 200 billion euros, causing many to look more closely at osmium as a tangible precious metal investment. Three years ago, Sarah Völk and Kira von Plettenberg sensed this growing trend and began preparing for 2022.
The year would coincide osmium’s launch on international markets across five continents. An unprecedented run for osmium is beginning, and the metal is now stepping out of obscurity into the glittering world of high society.
This is where it will certainly find its home, for in beauty, glitz, and glamour, osmium cannot be surpassed. Investors have understood that osmium is not simply beautiful but represents the tangible investment opportunity par excellence.
Kira Gräfin von Plettenberg studied her double master's degree in Business Administration and Management in extraordinary places like Indonesia and Portugal. After her professional work as an
Impact Investor at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ GmbH), she moved back to her home country in Bavaria to use her professional and international experience in the investment industry at Luxos-Invest. As a contact person for clients and partners, she is mainly active in the field of private investment, family offices, banks, and governments at Luxos-Invest GmbH. She presents osmium as a value-based real investment and long-term hold. Through her connections, Kira von Plettenberg covers an elite clientele seeking innovative spirit. Thus, the scientific presentation of the osmium institutes is perfectly complemented by Luxos’ information and advice. Both women have a shared ambition and shared vision to present individuals, institutions, and governments with a niche product.
To this end, it was necessary to connect with Ingo Wolf, who has been instrumental in guiding the osmium institutes towards a high degree of success.
A serial entrepreneur, his resumé boasts an impressive series of inventions and technical innovations, from patents on ip-TV broadcasting networks to the operation of a company building electric convertibles, to the development of exploration fields of gold and antimony.
One of the only things he lacked was a connection to the rich and beautiful. Now, however, with the burgeoning interest generated by the rocket-like rise of osmium, a link was sought in the glittering world for which osmium is virtually predestined.
The partnership between Sarah Völk and Ingo Wolf represents a dynamic duo in the tangible asset market. Völk, an early adopter in the precious metals market with rich experience in the jewelry segment, compliments the expertise of Wolf, the scientific director of the German Osmium Institute. Together they convey the spark and sparkle of Osmium.
A Swiss crystallization laboratory and Ingo Wolf take osmium through its journey to the tangible asset market using a host of scientific processes that crude osmium must undergo to go from a toxic sponge to the most beautiful element in the world.
Since gold and silver are increasingly counterfeited and since the markets for diamonds and pearls have plummeted in the wake of geometrically perfect and inexpensive artificial diamonds, osmium appears to be the strongest link in the precious metal chain. This reliability is further exaggerated by the pressure put on gold markets by the recent regulations stipulated by the Basel III accords.
Raw osmium is toxic in its natural form, and just as a puffer fish should only be prepared by special chefs, osmium must be purified and prepared to safely begin crystallization. The daily harvest rate determines which crystals meet the conditions of the jewelry and tangible asset industries. Only pieces that achieve a perfect degree of crystallization are then distributed to the watch and jewelry market.
The metal, with its high value density, is easy and safe to transport. As a precious metal, it does not oxidize and is forever durable. A genuine, tangible asset metal must not be counterfeitable, and Osmium meets this criterion perfectly. This is because every piece of osmium is 3D-imaged down to the nanometer in the osmium institutes with high fidelity Keyence microscopes.
The metal with the highest density of all elements cannot be counterfeited with a metal of the same weight. As cryptocurrencies, non-fungible tokens, and hot-for-a-day stocks begin to fall out of the investor spotlight, the last precious metal steps up to take the place as the next best opportunity.
The evolution of osmium from a small German market to a worldwide phenomenon has been rapid. Following increased demand in neighbouring countries Austria and Switzerland, the market for osmium then developed in countries like Australia, Canada, the USA, the UAE, and China. Whereas the early order sizes ranged from hundreds to thousands of Euros, orders are today being filled to the tune of millions of euros worth of crystalline osmium, enough for a state reserve to secure a large
fortune. It helps, too, that the amount of osmium required to fill these demands fits comfortably into a small space the size of a briefcase.
For the past three years, Wolf has also been leading the annual symposia all over the world and training new country partners with his team, who have established institutes on all five continents. It all started small with the Osmium World Database, which is now available to customs authorities in the USA, Canada, Europe and Australia.