Steel is best known as material used to make buildings, bridges, and important infrastructures. In the Philippines, steel bars, plates, and beams are used as the main foundations of various establishments. A more enhanced version, the stainless steel, is also used for buildings, cars, and even surgical instruments. This industrial material is very reliable in terms of malleability and durability. In addition to that, it can also complement delicate jewelry design.
Aside from its strength and resilience, stainless steel has a beautiful muted grey color with either a matte or shiny finish. As such, this metal is rapidly gaining popularity through “industrial beauty” and “post-nature” designs. Stainless steel became a trend as survival bracelets, jewelry with rivets and buckles for urban-themed fashions.
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Stainless steel has excellent integrity but still bendable. It may take a little more effort to bend compared to other metals but the finished design will retain its shape for a long time. With its high resistance to rust, oxidation and discoloration, this alloy is great for long-lasting jewelry designs. It will not fade and chip over time and this metal will keep from rusting much longer compared to other materials.
Stainless steel jewelry can endure heavy wear compared to those made with carbon steel and softer base materials. It is also perfect for those who live in humid or hot places. Jump rings and loops made of these findings are less likely to come undone from the weight of pendants or multi-layer designs. This makes stainless steel perfect for lanyards, key chains, or any other pieces that will be used a lot.
The supplies that are used for making stainless steel jewelry are un-plated, meaning they are perfect alternatives for people who have allergies or sensitivity to base metals like copper or brass. Heat, especially during the summer time, almost always makes the skin reaction worse for the wearer. Stainless steel contains a little bit of nickel but it is hypoallergenic to most people. This is the reason why the type 316L stainless steel is used for starter earing for newly pierced ears.
Aside from its hypoallergenic properties, stainless steel jewelry is very versatile. Some people buy jewelry to for aesthetic purposes while there are others who want to achieve a classy, elegant look. Regardless of the circumstances, there is always a piece of stainless steel jewelry that will help the person fulfill his or her needs.
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In addition to that, stainless steel does not smudge or stain. Gold and silver, two of the most used metals for jewelries in the world, are both beautiful. However, the biggest problems for these two metals are that they stain very easily, hence the reason why these materials must be handled carefully and be polished regularly. The same maintenance is not required by stainless steel, making it appealing to a number of people.
Another factor that made stainless steel jewelry so popular is their durability. It is a hardy alloy and can withstand wear and tear, unlike gold and silver. Accessories like rings, bracelets, and earrings undergo a lot of use and it is a guarantee that stainless steel jewelry will be able to stand to the test of time, making it a bigger return on investment to the user.