Stainless Steel Jewellery uk

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Why is Stainless Steel Good For Jewellery Making?

 

The stainless steel used in jewellery and body piercing is called 316L. This number refers to a complex metal alloy made from Iron (60% approx), Chromium (18%), Nickel (14%), Molybdenum (2.5%), Manganese (2%), small traces of other metals and Carbon.

Stainless steel is very much harder than silver and gold, it has a hardness of 5-6 on the Mohs' scale compared to 2-3 for gold and silver. What that means in practice is that it keeps looking newer for longer, is less likely to bend out of shape and will scratch less. Its other large advantage is that it doesn't tarnish or corrode, so it won't need cleaning in the same way as silver, this is particularly useful when you have intricate designs (such as cut outs) which are difficult to clean. The reason for this is its chromium content which reacts with oxygen to form a tough layer of protective, shiny, chromium oxide on the surface of the steel.

Stainless steel is 100% recyclable and a large proportion of the metal used in jewellery has in fact probably already been recycled.

Given its properties and its low cost,it is hardly surprising that stainless steel has become a very popular material for jewellery making and is now being made in much more delicate designs than it used to be a few years ago, where the mainstays were identity bracelets and watch straps. Take a look at what is available, you might be very surprised!