Stainless steel is tough, we all know that. That is why it is the alloy of choice in the industry, be it construction, heavy manufacturing (such as planes and ships), and even in the production of household appliances. Stainless steel is a metal already part of our everyday lives. That is why you shouldn’t be surprised now that it is also a popular metal in jewelry.

The Variants of Stainless Steel

If you’re curious, the alloy used in the industry is not exactly the same with the ones used for jewelry. The composition is the same, but the amount of nickel in the alloy varies. Nickel is important as it boosts the strength of the alloy, but too much of it makes it harsh to the skin.

In the industry, often in construction, the type of alloy used is the 312L. This variant has the highest nickel content over all types, hence the strongest. The one used for commercial purposes, like for cookware and other appliances is the 314L, the commercial grade stainless steel. Compared to the latter, the 314L has lower nickel content. Nevertheless it’s still tough enough to handle great stress, like for example when pressure cooking.

The one used in jewelry is the 316L, or the surgical grade stainless steel. The name goes because this metal is the one which scalpels and other surgical tools are made. It has the lowest nickel content of them all, thereby making this skin friendly even to the most sensitive of skins.

Stainless Steel in Fashion

Owning to its unique shine, skin friendly properties, and general toughness, steel is another metal of choice for the general fashion crowd. Plus, it is really cheap and readily available. Due to this advantage, many manufacturers and designers have the ability to experiment more with their designs, thus spawning the variety of jewelry available.

Besides being cheap, the alloy is also rust proof, with some variants even scratch resistant. What makes stainless steel ‘stainless’ is due to the fact that the iron-nickel alloy (steel) is plated with chromium, a known inert metal. This chromium acts as a shield for the alloy and is the one exposed to corrosion. The chromium plating, besides the shielding also gives the metal a unique shine characteristic to stainless steel.

Jewelry here are available in all forms, shapes, and sizes. Be it necklaces, anklets, bracelets, or rings. All genres are covered as well, from the classy script rings, traditional claddagh (Celtic rings), to the most uniquely designed jewelry like the ones from Ed Hardy and KONOV.

Some brands worth mention in this field are KONOV, West Coast Jewelry, Inox Jewelry, Crazy2Shop, and even Amazon’s own line of jewelry, the Amazon Curated Collection. Have a look at them, I’m sure you’ll love it.

By yanam49

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