FACTS, PROPERTIES & USES
STAINLESS STEEL :
SPECIFICATIONS & PROPORTIES
By default, our products are made with grade 304 stainless steel, an affordable and durable material that resists scratches like any other metal and can easily withstand daily usage.
In this section, you will find details about stainless steel specifications & properties and care instructions
CAN MY JEWELRY RUST OR TARNISH ?
Steel is an extremely durable metal, making it an excellent choice for jewelry. Steel jewelry can be worn every day and still look new for years to come. In fact, steel is so strong that it will resist scratches and damages.
Stainless steel is renowned for its durability and resistance to discoloration and oxidation. Since stainless steel is uncoated, it cannot become discolored or peeled in time. Hence, no question raised about its longevity and shine.
The metal content chromium, a protective barrier against corrosion and oxidation. It usually doesn't rust or tarnish, unless it's exposed to a harsh environment or to elements, like oxygen, water and moisture, for prolonged periods.
One of the most highly praised properties of stainless steel jewelry is that it does not react to sweat, blood, salt, and chlorinated water. Human sweat is composed of ammonia, urea, water, and salt, but not much else. The amount of salt and ammonia in our sweat is what causes silver or copper-based plated jewelry to tarnish when held close to the skin for long periods of time. Thankfully, stainless steel jewelry is resistant to all these natural elements and can therefore be worn for long periods of time without worry.
STAINLESS STEEL & SENSITIVE SKIN
IS STAINLESS STEEL HYPOALLERGENIC ?
Stainless steel is considered hypoallergenic, because it's alloy contains no metal that commonly causes allergic reactions. There is a low risk of causing any allergic reaction, BUT some people with a high sensivity to nickel can react to stainless steel.
Most stainless steel has nickel, but the % varies from type to another. The jump rings we use are made of 304 grade steel, one of those containing the lowest percentage of nickel (18% chromium and 8% nickel).
If you're concerned about skin reactions, we're happy to custom design jewelry for you using safe, 100% nickel-free metal. To know more about different metal options and instructions for non-standard products ordering, click here.
IS STAINLESS STEEL JEWELRY ECO-FRIENDLY?
Stainless steel is the most environmentally-friendly metal option in the jewelry industry because it's 100% recyclable and it's production uses far less energy and produces far less waste than other metal options. Its sustainability can be attributed to the fact that it can be used again and again without ever being consumed. It maintains its original form, which is organic and environmentally friendly.
DOES STAINLESS STEEL JEWELRY STAY SHINY ?
The grade 304 stainless steel we use has a mirror-like polish and a smooth surface that gives a bold shine look to our jewelry. The best finish for stainless steel jewelry is a non-porous surface that will prevent dirt and water from entering. ThE a hygienic, shiny, and smooth surface that could mimic the sterling silver shine at a darker hue.
DOES STAINLESS STEEL HAVE A GOOD QUALITY-PRICE RATIO ?
Circle A Chainmail wants to offer a wide range of high-quality jewelry and accessories at an affordable price, so there is something for everyone. But this affordable price is possible because stainless steel is affordable.
HOW CAN I TAKE CARE OF MY STAINLESS STEEL JEWELRY ?
Avoid contact with water, perfume, body lotions, or any other chemicals.
- Remove jewelry before going to bed, showering, bathing or any physical activity.
- Store in a clean and dry space.
- Your jewelry can pick up dirt, oil, and even odors. Clean with a wet cloth or soapy water for that extra little bit of shine and polish it with the soft polishing cloth provided with your jewelry.
If you have any questions or concerns about the material or care instructions,
please do not hesitate to get in touch !