Materials Questions: Stainless Steel

Are you someone who blackens silver or sweats alot, or really reactive to most jewellery? Then stainless steel might be the perfect fit for you!

Stainless steel is a perfect material for those sensitive to nickel, zinc or cadmium, which is often found in costume jewellery, as well as people who react to silver because of acidic sweat or hyper sensitivity to copper.

Stainless steel is a tougher material than gold and silver and is ideal for everyday wear for those that are really hard on your jewellery. The stainless steel I use is 316L grade to make sure you get no allergic reactions as 316L grade stainless steel is nickel free, lead free and cadmium free, and not chrome plated that has nickel in it. More over, stainless steel is water resistant and doesn't tarnish and doesn't required a lot of care.

It does take more work to finish pieces cast in stainless steel and can take longer to get cast, so the processing time is 2-3 weeks depending on the caster.