Stainless Steel Jewelry
Stainless steel is best known as the material used to make surgical instruments Stainless steel contains at least 10% chromium and, depending on the grade of the stainless steel, 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.” Unlike the title, stainless steel is not actually stainless, just extremely resistant to corrosion. Because many stainless steel jewellery-making supplies are unplated, they are an excellent alternative for wearers with allergies and sensitivity to base metals such as copper or brass. For designs where the findings will be in close contact with the wearer’s skin (especially in the summer-time when heat often exaggerates the reaction to the skin), unplated stainless steel is one of the best options available. Stainless steel Jewellery may contain some nickel, but it’s generally considered hypoallergenic for most people. This is the reason that type 316L stainless steel is often used as starter earrings for newly pierced ears.
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