PROS AND CONS OF STAINLESS STEEL
Stainless steel is a well-known material used to make everything from cooking utensils to car parts. An alloy that mixes elements like chromium, titanium, and nickel, its silvery finish also makes it a popular commodity in jewelry design. Stainless steel not only mimics the look of fine, precious metal, but baubles made of this material are much more affordable. When it comes to rings, those made of stainless steel are a smart choice for everyday wear since they will be durable and strong. However, there are pros and cons to be considered before slipping that new ring onto your finger.
- Stainless steel is a highly durable metal, allowing it to withstand the wear and tear of everyday activities, which can otherwise damage a ring. The hard metal resists scratches and corrosion thanks to an invisible layer of chromium that prevents oxidation; this makes it a wonder metal of choice for body jewelry. Maintaining stainless steel jewelry is also a lot easier as you won't have to have special cleaning solution to care for your wholesale jewelry. Just use warm water, liquid soap, and a little bit of elbow grease and your stainless steel ring will be good as new. Because it is not a precious metal such as gold, silver or bronze, it's very affordable, making stainless steel pieces quite budget friendly.
- Despite its durability, stainless steel rings can dent. Compared with precious metals, only silver dents more than stainless steel. Sizing a stainless ring can be difficult because the metal is hard, rigid and stiff. This rigidity also makes it challenging for jewelers to set gemstones. Additionally, stainless steel can sometimes include nickel, which can be problematic if you have a nickel allergy. Although people with nickel allergies have successfully worn Oooh! Shiny Things jewelry without any issues, the severity of allergies differ from person to person so it is still advised to use caution when purchasing stainless steel and purchase at your own risk if you have a nickel allergy.