Does Stainless Steel Jewelry Tarnish?

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What is Stainless Steel Jewelry?
Stainless steel is a product crafted to be durable and retain its shine. It was invented in 1912 by English metallurgist Harry Brearley by combining chrome and steel. Stainless steel’s corrosion resistance is a big reason why it’s everywhere in your kitchen — it can stand up to the natural acids, no polishing needed.  The reason it is an amazing metal for jewelry and Stainless Steel Jewelry will not Tarnish.

Does Stainless Steel Jewelry Last?
Stainless Steel Jewelry does not need to be plated because this amazing metal is non porous.  The stainless steel in necklaces, earrings and bracelets will never tarnish, turn color, rust, or fade because of the layer of chromium within. This makes it a wonder metal of choice for Stainless Steel Charm Bracelets, Stainless Steel Necklaces, Stainless Steel Jewelry, and Stainless Steel Earrings.  All plated metals will eventually peel and fade so don't believe it when they tell you that gold plated stainless jewelry will never turn color, it does and it will.  Stay with the true silver form of stainless and your stainless steel bracelets, necklaces, earrings and jewelry will last for years.  And given its design, you can wear your stainless steel jewelry piece everywhere without worrying about staining or corrosion.  Of Course, Stainless Steel Jewelry will Not Tarnish.  Thanks to the durable material and its reliability, stainless steel jewelry is a great investment, and it promises great returns.

Does Stainless Steel Jewelry Tarnish?

Stainless Steel is a hard metal that resists scratches and tarnishing thanks to an invisible layer of chromium that prevents oxidation. Stainless Steel Jewelry is a pure silver color - with a warm gray look, similar to platinum, and will never change color. This makes Stainless Steel in Jewelry the perfect metal for durable, Stainless Steel Bracelets, Necklaces and Earrings.  

Stainless Steel Jewelry or Sterling Silver?
My customers wanted more affordable jewelry and the cost of one sterling charm can run $25-55 which means the high price point of sterling, and the fact that it will tarnish and require maintenance is the reason in the late 1990's I started looking for alternative metals in which to showcase my jewelry.  Keep in mind what you want out of your jewelry. Ask yourself questions like are you more interested in value or how your jewelry wears over time.

Is Stainless Steel Jewelry Safe and Hypoallergenic?
Generally the fillers in jewelry and not the metal itself is what causes the allergic reactions in jewelry. Stainless Steel Necklaces, Bracelets, Earrings & Jewelry does not contain allergic fillers like nickel, brass, or copper so is a low allergen metal which means your chances of an allergic reaction are rare.  Stainless Steel Jewelry is the perfect choice for those with allergies.

Will Stainless Steel Necklaces, Bracelets, Earrings & Jewelry Turn my Wrist Green?
For the same reason stainless steel is a hypoallergenic metal it will not oxidize and turn your wrist, neck, or finger green.  Generally the green is caused by the acids in your body reacting with copper, brass or nickel.  These 'filler' metals are generally found in the cheaper silver plated costume jewelry.  Stainless steel by the mere fact it is not plated which means none of these metals exist in my jewelry.
Is Stainless Steel Jewelry Affordable?
One of the reasons why stainless steel has gained popularity in the jewelry world has to do with its affordability. If you purchase one of my stainless steel charm bracelets, stainless steel necklaces, or earrings and it lasts for 20 years, it is costing your $12 per year with tons of wear, and little maintenance.  There are different grades and quality of stainless steel, just like sterling silver and this is one of the reasons why you will see price differences in stores.  316L is the best quality and is what you will find in my jewelry.  Yes, stainless is much higher in price that plated silver jewelry made with brass, copper, and nickel.  While these plated metals may last 3-6 months, the beauty and durability of stainless is unsurpassed.  

How do you Clean Stainless Steel Jewelry?
Since Stainless Steel Jewelry does not tarnish or oxidize the easiest way to maintain the beauty of your jewelry is to clean your stainless steel jewelry once a month with some stainless cleaning pads.  They work great on charm bracelets, necklaces and earrings. You can purchase Stainless Cleaning Pads here and through many jewelry websites.  Ruby gently and any dirt or oils picked up from the environment will disappear.  

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Stainless Steel Jewelry is Sustainable!

Stainless was a perfect marriage for my one of a kind designs and line of jewelry as it was a green product.  It is 100% recyclable, is not coated with any toxic material and does not produce toxic run-off.  During production, stainless steel jewelry already uses 70% recycled metal as its primary raw material.

Even if stainless steel is not recycled and it does find its way to a landfill or disposal site, it will have no detrimental effect to the soil or groundwater and is the preferred material for green building throughout the world. Its impact on the environment is minimal when compared to other jewelry materials as it continues to be re-used and recycled.

In Love with Stainless Steel Jewelry since 2002?
When it comes to the best quality of stainless to use for Charm Bracelets, Necklaces and Earrings, 316L has all the others beat for shine and beauty and is the highest quality of stainless steel used in jewelry.  When I fell in love with stainless steel almost 20 years ago I wanted a metal that was beautiful, affordable, durable, and would never tarnish unlike Sterling Silver than can contain nickel and other fillers to work harden the metal.  Stainless is the main metal in all my jewelry.  You'll love it when you see it and wear it for a lifetime.

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