I've been Creating Stainless Steel Jewelry since 2002?
When it comes to the best quality of stainless to use, 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. Pure Silver in its true form is to soft to fabricate so these other metals must support it for fabrication. Stainless is durable and hard on its own, thus it contains no fillers, so you won't have any allergic reaction, on top of that it is a sustainable and recyclable, great for our planet. Stainless is the main metal in all our jewelry. Our chains, clasps, jump rings and all components are 316L stainless steel and over 35% of our charms are now in 316L stainless steel.
Does Stainless Steel Rust, Tarnish or Change Color?
Stainless Steel is a hard metal that resists scratches and tarnishing thanks to an invisible layer of chromium that prevents oxidation. It also is not plated, this is a pure silver color, so it will never change color. This makes Stainless the perfect metal for durable, long-lasting jewelry.
How do you Clean Stainless Steel Jewelry?
Since Stainless Steel does not tarnish or oxidize the easiest way to maintain the beauty of your jewelry is to clean it about once a month with warm water, liquid soap, and a little bit of elbow grease and your stainless steel jewelry will shine like new. Pro Polish Pads work great on our jewelry that has images, as the images are water resistant. You can purchase Prop Polish Pads here and through many jewelry websites. Ruby gently and any dirt or oils picked up from the environment will disappear.
Does Stainless Steel Jewelry Last?
Since our 316L stainless is never plated or painted, with minimal upkeep your jewelry will last for years. Many of our customers have our jewelry for 20 years or more and still wear it like it is new (you'll find this throughout our reviews). Plus you will find our pieces being resold as vintage through estate sales and other venues. Just look for the Blackberry Designs Jewelry Logo Tag for an authentic piece.
Is Stainless Steel Jewelry Safe and Hypoallergenic?
Generally the fillers in jewelry and not the metal itself is what causes the allergenic reactions in jewelry. Our 316 stainless does not contain allergic fillers like nickel, brass, or copper so is a low allergen metal.
Will Stainless Steel 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. None of these metals exist in our jewelry.
Stainless Steel 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 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.