Stainless Steel Jewelry: “Your New Best Friend”

Today, the most popular uses for stainless steel is in Fashion Jewelry. Using stainless steel to make jewelry such as watches, bracelets, necklaces, rings, earring posts and body jewelry are trending now more than ever!
According to WGSN (Worth Global Style Network), this modest silver/grey metal is gaining popularity through “industrial beauty” and “post-nature” designs. Stainless steel is appearing in survival bracelets, jewelry with rivets and buckles, jewelry with Swarovski Crystal settings, Zirconias, leather and as a popular color in Urban-themed fashions.
Briefly, let’s discuss the physical properties of stainless steel. Stainless steel contains at least 10% chromium and depending on the grade of the stainless steel, and it may include smaller percentages of nickel, molybdenum, titanium, niobium and other metals. The percentage of chromium is significant because chromium combines with oxygen to form a thin, invisible layer of chrome-containing oxide. This protective layer is what makes stainless steel “stainless.” Stainless steel may contain some nickel, but it’s generally considered hypoallergenic for most people. This is the reason that stainless steel is often used as starter earrings for newly pierced ears.
Now let’s review the benefits of wearing stainless steel. Stainless steel jewelry does not rust, is extremely resistant to corrosion and it will not discolor some skin types like other traditional alloys. With its resistance to rust, oxidation and discoloration, this corrosion-resistant alloy is ideal for long-lasting jewelry designs and wear. Stainless steel is also unplated and will not fade or chip over time. This metal is the best recommendation for those living in high-humidity locations and is an excellent alternative for wearers with skin allergies and sensitivity to base metals (such as copper or brass). In the summer-time or when heat often exaggerates the reaction to skin, and your jewelry items will be in close contact with your skin, unplated stainless steel is especially one of the best jewelry options.
In closing, if you have been waiting to expand your accessory collection, look no further and choose stainless steel jewelry because:
• It’s sturdy, easy to clean and requires minimal care
• Retains its mirror shine
• Functional and reliable for everyday use /daily wear
• Resists tarnishing and corrosion
• Does not degrade, or oxidize and will not stain the skin
• Can be decorated with precious metals and encrusted carrying precious or semiprecious stones
• Can create beautiful, elegant and exquisite looking pieces
• Performs better than silver and gold wear, thus require less maintenance
• Is of low economic cost compared to other jewelry gold and silver

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