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Ohhhh... the beauty of stainless steel. Even just finely sanded it has the luxurious color of palladium white gold. Stainless steel typically has a silver sheen, but, unlike silver, it will not tarnish and it is not susceptible to surface scratches very easy. As a artisan jewelry designer, I love the possibility of mixing metals. Stainless steel looks great when combined with the soft color of silver and the yellow color of gold filled as shown here on my newest cuff.
My stainless steel jewelry is unplated and therefore an excellent alternative for wearers with allergies and sensitivity to base metals such as copper or brass.
Stainless steel is made up of iron, chromium, nickel, manganese, and copper. The chromium is added as an agent to provide corrosion resistance. Also, because it is non-porous stainless steel is extremely resistant against corrosion. Those with severe nickel allergies as I need to be aware that stainless steel does contain nickel as mentioned above.
Not all stainless steel jewelry is created equal... 316L is considered the best grade to use when allergic reactions are concerned. It is the type of stainless steel that is used in implants. Surgical steel, or better yet "implant" grade surgical steel is what you want...a grade that's meant for the use of the inside or on the human body and completely hypo-allergenic. This is the only stainless steel I use in my jewelry designs.
Some have stated that the nickel in the stainless steel can cause a reaction but this is very rare. The reason why I do not create jewelry containing nickel or offer it on my website is the fact that I myself have a severe allergy to nickel. I know immediately if I have been exposed to nickel when I wear a belt touching my bare skin containing nickel. Within seconds I get an aggressive itching rash and a green mark that will flaunt my allergy.
After I did research on stainless steel...I decided to design a stainless steel bangle cuff and craft it by hand. I noticed stainless steel is a lot harder to work with than any other metal I worked with before. The results pertaining to the bangle stability, however, is unbeatable and will give the wearer a lifetime of enjoyment.
I have been testing wearing the bangle since I made it and I am sure it is true that the containing nickel is bonded within the elements of the steel in such a way as to be held in a crystalline structure preventing any leaching. Otherwise, I would have shown an allergic reaction to the nickel.
Compared to Aluminum: As a wearer of stainless steel jewelry I noticed it is a lot heavier than aluand not easy to terr, where Aluminum, on the other hand, is very lightweight (Stainless Steel is 3x heavier than aluminum) and easily tears. That's the reason why aircraft bodies and automobiles are made from aluminum - it is much lighter.
Can aluminum explode?
Aluminum have a very thin layer of chromium oxide which prevents any oxidation on stainless steel
What does Aluminum do to the brain?
Aluminum, as a known neurotoxicant, contributes to cognitive dysfunction and may contribute to Alzheimer's disease. Meaning that aluminum can enter the bloodstream through the skin and be deposited in the brain that way on a long term.. Aluminum fluxes into brain across the blood stream, because it is absorbed through the skin. Some factors like citric acid and parathyroid hormone (PTH), and vitamin D, can promote aluminum to enter the brain. But the redistribution of aluminum out of the brain is slow, so aluminum can be deposited in the brain for a long time. That should be the warning indicator that direct, persistent touch on your wrists, arms, neck, fingers, toes with aluminium should be avoided. If you purchase aluminum earrings be aware if they would have prolonged exposure with your skin and look for earrings that have
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I’ve never considered stainless steel jewelry before – but I definitely will now! I always opted for ‘silver’ coloured items (including white gold) because I found yellow gold to be too harsh on my very pale skin. Thank you for this simple and concise explanation.
Lexi, your work is always beautiful. I love the way you strive to educate others on the quality of your products and why you choose to work with certain metals over others. Thank you so much for caring about us.
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