Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is widely used in fashion jewelry. The leading jewelry manufacturers use Stainless steel.

Stainless steel is particularly good for earrings as it prevents adverse skin reactions or allergies.

Stainless steel is a steel alloy with a minimum of 11% chromium content by mass

Stainless steel differs from carbon steel because of the chromium. Carbon steel rusts when exposed to air and moisture as the carbon oxidizes. The chromium in stainless steel forms an oxidized film of chromium oxide to prevent corrosion.

Stainless steel is said to have been discovered by Harry Brearley in 1912 while trying to develop a rustproof gun barrel.

Manufacturers produce more than 150 types of stainless steel.

SAE mantains several alloy  numbering systems, one of which, is the SAE steel grades system.

302L An industrial grade of stainless steel with a relatively high nickel content.

304 stainless steel is the most popular grade of stainless steel. It is 18-20% chromium, 8-12% nickel, 0.08% carbon. Popular in jewelry.

430 stainless steel contains less than 0.75% nickel. Has good corrosion resistance.

Surgical stainless steel is a specific type of stainless steel, contain a small amount of nickel, usually 8% in jewelry.

316 and 316L surgical stainless steel contain 2-3% molybdenum for even greater resistance to harsh corrosives. 316L is a low carbon version of 316, with extra corrosion resistance. It contains 8-10.5% nickel, making it unsuitable for people with nickel allergies.

Precision crafted stainless steel jewelry is 316L surgical grade stainless steel.

Although it is almost impervious to accidental staining, stainless steel jewelry can be anodized to produce a rainbow of colors from a rich, glossy black to the palest gold and pinks.

Environments that contain a high chlorine or salt content can accelerate tarnish in silver, but they do not affect stainless steel.

While fashion jewelry may be changed out regularly, pieces that are worn every day such as wedding bands or medical alert ID jewelry must be sturdy enough to withstand years of use.

This metal is the best suggestion for those living in high-humidity locations, as the metal will keep from rusting much longer than other metals.

Stainless steel is typically marked with a pair of numbers. These numbers refer to the amounts of chromium and nickel in the steel. For example, a stainless steel ring marked with the numbers 20/12 contains 20 percent chromium and 12 percent nickel. The higher the numbers are, the more resistant the steel is to rust and corrosion.

Stainless steel jewelry is able to handle much more wear and tear than silver or gold jewelry, and it requires much less maintenance, making it functional and reliable for everyday purposes.

Stainless steel is very affordable; however the price of stainless steel jewelry varies depending on where it is purchased.

Examples of stainless steel jewelry:

Tiffany & Co. Stainless Steel Bracelet

Stainless Steel Bracelet

Damascus Stainless Steel band


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