What type of jewelry do you prefer wearing? Gold, silver, diamond, or platinum? How about something equally beautiful but far more affordable, durable, and timeless? If that sounds appealing, then stainless steel jewelry is the perfect alternative. Now, you might be asking yourself some questions such as; Does Stainless steel rust or tarnish quickly? How does it stand up to moisture?
All these questions are valid. But we are here to provide you with the answers. The most important thing to consider when purchasing Stainless steel products is their quality. And, especially if you plan on wearing them every day.
It is vital to purchase high-quality stainless steel. It lasts long with proper treatment, without changing color or losing its features.
Is Stainless steel Better than other materials?
Stainless steel is in fact, much better than many other types of metal used in jewelry manufacturing. On top of that, let’s not forget to mention that it is much affordable. It is giving you the option to own many different pieces of any type of jewelry, which you use to express yourself and your personality! Sounds pretty amazing, right? And. the icing on the cake is stainless steel is environmentally friendly.
Like any jewelry, Stainless steel can also be susceptible to stains and scratches when worn daily. That is why it is important to take good care of Stainless Steel products, just like you would with Gold or Silver.
What type of Stainless steel rust or tarnish easily?
High-Quality Stainless steel does not rust easily. However, All stainless steel products are affected by moisture to a certain level. And, Specially by humidity. Whether your jewelry tarnishes or not will depend on the type of stainless steel you’re wearing, or the conditions you expose it to.
High-Quality Stainless steel is made of an alloy with a high concentration of iron, manganese, nickel, carbon, and chromium, which particularly best prevents oxidation. That is why it’s recommended to buy stainless jewelry that is made of at least 10% chromium.
But we do no stop there. We make sure to use stainless steel 316L that has 16% to 18% of Chromium! And In addition to that, this type of stainless steel and its corrosion-resistant properties are enhanced by titanium and niobium as well, widely used in jewelry manufacturing.
Even if the chromium layer is damaged, the oxide layer will still help to keep your stainless steel from tarnishing.
However, this fact alone does not mean your jewelry is 100% safe and durable. In some cases, even the best stainless steel jewelry will tarnish and rust over time. This happens when the other elements found in your metal jewelry are exposed to, and react with oxygen.
The BEST way to protect your Stainless jewelry from rusting is to keep it away from corrosives. Like, seawater. It is because it can cause the removal of the natural protective layer (chromium oxide). Also, you’ll want to refrain from wearing it in high humidity temperatures.