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Stainless Steel Jewelry Buying Guide

Facts About Stainless Steel

What is Stainless Steel What is Stainless Steel

What is Stainless Steel?

Stainless steel is an alternative metal that has grown popular in contemporary jewelry design, from necklaces and bracelets to stainless steel wedding bands. Stainless steel jewelry holds up to wear and tear, and its durability has made it a popular choice for men’s jewelry and watches.

Stainless Steel vs. Sterling Silver

Stainless steel and sterling silver are both popular metal alloys with a similar, gray-cast luster. Sterling silver is 92.5% silver, giving it more inherent value. However, stainless steel is a harder metal that is very resistant to scratches and damage

Another plus for stainless steel jewelry is the fact it does not easily corrode or tarnish, while sterling silver will tarnish and require maintenance. Keep in mind what you want out of your jewelry. Ask yourself questions like are you more interested in value or how your jewelry wears over time.

Stainless Steel History

Stainless steel is a product of industrial ingenuity, specifically crafted to be durable and retain its shine. It was invented in 1912 by English metallurgist Harry Brearley by combining chrome and steel. Stainless steel’s corrosion resistance is a big reason why it’s everywhere in your kitchen — it can stand up to the natural acids, no polishing needed.

Stainless Steel Characteristics

Alternative metals are defined by their modern sensibility and industrial style. What should you keep in mind when wearing stainless steel jewelry? Review stainless steel jewelry’s key characteristics and see if this metal is right for you.


Stainless steel is known for its strength and scratch resistance. It is a hardy metal that does not tarnish or corrode over time.


Stainless steel naturally has a gray luster, and can be plated with rose gold, yellow gold, and black metals.


Stainless steel jewelry has a moderate weight similar to popular precious metals.

The Facts on Stainless Steel

Looking for unique wedding rings, and want to know the facts about stainless steel? Here’s our summary:

Gray-cast luster, similar appearance to sterling silver Not 100% hypoallergenic; contains metals like nickel
Budget-friendly and affordable alternative metal Hardness makes it difficult to shape and resize
Durable, scratch, and tarnish resistant Less intrinsic value compared to precious metals

Stainless Steel Care

Alternative metals like stainless steel are popular because they are easier to maintain. However, there still are some care basics we recommend following. Store all jewelry separately in a lined box or soft pouch to avoid scratching or being scratched. You can maintain stainless steel’s shine by cleaning it under warm running water with a mild soap.

Shop Stainless Steel Jewelry

Explore jewelry designs featuring the alternative metal, stainless steel. Stainless steel jewelry’s lustrous shine and brilliant color endures in beautiful rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, watches, and sets.

Stainless Steel Rings

Stainless steel rings are crafted to last over time. Find the ring you will treasure today, and in the years, to come.


Stainless Steel Earrings

Make a statement with the unique metal stainless steel earrings in drop, hoop, and stud styles.


Stainless Steel Necklaces

Feel stainless steel’s luxurious weight next to your heart in classic chains and pendants.


Stainless Steel Bracelets

Alternative styles for alternative metals. Explore original bracelets in stainless steel.


Stainless Steel Watches

Find a watch that fits your wardrobe. Explore sleek and stylish stainless steel timepieces you’ll want to wear every day.


Stainless Steel Sets

Enjoy stainless steel’s brilliant shine in sets featuring your favorite jewelry.


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