What is stainless steel jewelry?
What is stainless steel jewelry?Stainless steel jewelry is strong, durable and rust-resistant. It typically has a silver sheen, but, unlike silver, it will not corrode and it is not susceptible to scratches, dings or dents. Stainless steel can be used to make nearly any type of jewelry, from rings and bracelets to necklaces, watches and earrings.
Stainless steel jewelry is able to handle much more wear and tear than silver or gold jewelry, and it requires much less maintenance, making it functional and reliable for everyday purposes. In addition, the nickel in stainless is tightly bound, ensuring that it won’t leak out. This means that it is safe for those with metal allergies.
Where to Find Them
Stainless steel jewelry can be found in most any jewelry store. Tiffany & Co. has a wide range of stainless steel items, as do other major jewelers. It can also be purchased online via stainless steel wholesalers like BeYouSteel and 316 Steel. Stainless steel looks very similar to sterling silver, so check with your jeweler to make sure that the item you select is definitely stainless steel.
How to Clean Stainless Steel Jewelry
Keep your stainless-steel jewelry free of dust and dirt. With a soft cloth, gently rub on a little warm, soapy water (dish-washing detergent is fine). Follow the grain of the stainless steel to avoid scratches. Next, apply plain warm water with a cloth, or dip your piece in the water. Gently wipe dry with another soft cloth.
To clean grimier stainless-steel pieces, use a soft cloth to apply toothpaste–again following the grain of the steel. You want plain white toothpaste that doesn’t contain silica. Use a soft toothbrush to reach any etched areas. Afterward, apply plain warm water with a cloth, or dip your piece in the water. You may need to use a clean toothbrush to remove remaining toothpaste. Gently wipe dry with another soft cloth.
Polish your jewelry with a nontoxic stainless steel polish or polishing cloth–both are available in jewelry stores and online. Avoid abrasive cleaners that can scratch the surface.