Stainless steel and sterling silver jewelry are similar in appearance and seem to have the same luster. If crafted by an expert jeweler, you will have a hard time distinguishing between the two.
So, to make sure you buy the right jewelry, you must understand the difference between stainless steel and sterling silver. For more information on the differences between stainless steel and sterling silver, let's first look at these individual metals in detail.
Stainless steel refers to a steel alloy containing nickel, chromium, and iron, among other metals. Thanks to the steel construction, Stainless steel is used in many areas of our lives. There are almost 150 different varieties of stainless steel. So if you think the stainless steel used on the doorknob is the same as the stainless steel used on jewelry, then you are wrong.
Today, we focus on the use of stainless steel in jewelry, mainly in terms of its durability, corrosion resistance and hypoallergenicity. Fitanole brand mostly uses 316 stainless steel, also known as surgical stainless steel.
（But please note that the low price and low quality stainless steel on the market will irritate the skin）
925 sterling silver is a kind of jewelry material that many people will look for now. It is worth noting that 925 sterling silver is not pure silver, but is made of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% copper (or other metal mixture). One of the reasons people like silver jewelry is its soft gloss and good quality.
Each metal has its advantages and disadvantages, and you can choose these jewelry based on how much you can accept.
Pros and Cons of Sterling Silver
- Sterling silver is a precious metal, it has an attractive, classic finish
- It attains a natural patina with time
- Easy to shape
- Tarnishing over time
- Easily transformed
- Prone to dents and scratches
- A lot of fakes in the market
Pros and Cons of Stainless Steel
- It does not lose its luster and does not change color
- Not easy to corrode and rust
- High hardness without deformation
- Its hardness and stiffness means you cannot easily resize
- Certain stainless steel varieties may be allergic to people who are allergic to nickel, but today most jewelrys offer stainless steel sllergy-free.
It would be difficult to pick a clear winner if these were to be pitted against each other. Your choices, at the end of the day, will depend on your core preferences. however, we’d opt for stainless steel chains because of their durability, timeless shine, and the fact that they won't easily react with the skin.