Going Forward in the year 2019 we have made some changes to what metals we will be using in our jewelry. You our customer will have a choice in what you want. We will have 9ct Gold, 925 Silver & Stainless Steel. Please Keep reading for some more information on each metal to help you make your choice. Please not there will be price differences in our product prices.
What is Difference Between Stainless Steel vs. Silver?
Silver and stainless steel are both used in jewelry because they are both shiny, silvery metals when they are polished, but the similarities end right about there.
Silver is not merely a metal, but an element. Its chemical symbol is Ag, for Argentum, the Latin word for the metal. It is rare, but not quite as rare as gold or platinum. Along with gold and platinum, silver is considered a precious metal. It’s also a metal used in making coins, or a coinage metal. Other coinage metals include gold, copper, bronze, lead, zinc and nickel.
Like pure gold, pure silver is too soft to be worn every day, so it’s usually alloyed with another metal to make it stronger. However, fine, 99.9% silver is used for earrings, which aren’t subjected to the wear and tear of jewelry pieces such as rings or bracelets. Read on to learn more about the different types of silver and stainless steel, below:
Stainless Steel vs. Silver: What are the Differences?
1. Sterling Silver
Sterling silver is 92.5 percent pure silver and 7.5 percent copper alloy. Sometimes a person will see 925 or “Sterling” stamped on a piece of silver jewelry to let them know that it is sterling silver. Argentium silver is a type of sterling silver with the addition of germanium, which makes the metal even harder and tarnish-resistant.
2. Silver Plate
Silver plate is pure silver that’s put over another metal such as copper. Though it sounds like a modern technique, silver has been electroplated over baser metals since the 1830s.
All About Stainless Steel
Stainless steel is a kind of steel, which itself is an alloy of iron and carbon. Chromium is added to stainless steel to make it corrosion-resistant. When chromium reacts with oxygen it produces a transparent skin that protects the steel from rusting. The percentage of chromium that makes steel stainless is at least 10.5 percent. Other metals that can go into making stainless steel include titanium, nickel and molybdenum. Stainless steel does not have to be polished until it is blindingly bright but can have a soft, attractive matte or satiny finish.
People may wonder if there is any difference between the stainless steel that goes into making jewelry and the stainless steel that goes into constructing buildings. The answer is probably not. The stainless steel used most often for jewelry is 304 or 316L. Both have chromium and nickel, while 316L also has about 3 percent molybdenum. Both types of stainless steel are used in construction, and 316L is the same stainless steel used for making prosthetics such artificial hips. It is the stainless steel of choice for people who’ve just gotten their ears or other parts of the body pierced. These types of steel are also austenitic, which means they are non-magnetic and can withstand very high temperatures besides being corrosion resistantand strong.
Despite its great strength, stainless steel is quite ductile and malleable and a good choice for certain types of jewelry. Stainless steel jewelry does not have to be plated, so most wearers will not have an allergic reaction even though it does contain small amounts of nickel. This is good news if the jewelry is going to be worn throughout the heat and humidity of the summer, when skin reactions are at their worst.
Because it is as tough as it is, stainless steel jewelry doesn’t need pampering. Wash it in warm, soapy water, rinse it thoroughly, and let it air dry on a clean towel. Place it in its own soft bag so it doesn’t scratch and isn’t scratched by other pieces of jewelry.
We hope this article helped you to better understand what the differences are between stainless steel and silver.
This information has come from Quick Jewelry repairs.