Differences between 316L stainless steel and 925 sterling silver

Differences between 316L stainless steel and 925 sterling silver

 

Silver jewelry is by far the most popular and classic variant when it comes to jewelry. It can be perfectly combined with almost any outfit. Stainless steel (316L Stainless Steel) or real silver (925 Sterling silver) is mostly used in the production.

So what is the difference between stainless steel and sterling silver?
Is one better than the other?

 

STAINLESS STEEL
Stainless steel is a popular choice for jewelry, cutlery, and even surgical equipment. It consists of different metal alloys, which also have different chemical compositions. There are almost 150 different grades of this metal, but the most common is the combination of chrome and steel.
This particular combination offers the strength, durability and functionality of steel and the corrosion resistance of chrome.
Stainless steel is mostly polished to a high gloss and thus offers a mirror-like reflection and shine. In terms of color, stainless steel turns gray.

 

STERLING SILVER
Silver is not just a metal, but is an element with the chemical symbol Ag.
Just like gold or platinum, silver is a precious metal.
Sterling silver consists of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% copper alloy. The addition of copper is necessary because silver is a very soft material and your piece of jewelry could otherwise be damaged quickly.
Jewelry and other items made from silver are often stamped 925 to indicate their composition as sterling silver.
Sterling silver has a softer shine than stainless steel. In terms of color, sterling silver is more white.

 


STAINLESS STEEL vs. STERLING SILVER

 STAINLESS STEEL

STERLING SILVER

  • Corrosion resistant
  • Increased durability
  • Cheaper than sterling silver
  • Water resistant
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Precious metal such as gold or platinum
  • Retains its value
  • Whiter in color and visually more elegant than stainless steel

 

 

VISUAL COMPARISON


At first glance, stainless steel and sterling silver look similar. If you compare two similar pieces of jewelry made of stainless steel and sterling silver, you notice that stainless steel has a cold gray / bluish hue and usually shines very strongly and reflects light like a mirror. Sterling silver, on the other hand, has a warm white color and the light reflection looks more matt, softer and luxurious.

 

CONCLUSION
It all depends on your requirements:
Do you want a piece of jewelry that is very robust? You want to wear it in the sea or the pool without any problems? Then stainless steel is perfect for you.

Is it important to you that you wear a precious metal, that your piece of jewelry should have a higher material value and that you want a more elegant look? Then sterling silver is just the thing.