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Difference between stainless steel and sterling silver

Sterling silver and stainless steel are two popular materials for jewellery. In this article we want to show you the advantages and disadvantages of both materials to help you make the right choice for your new piece of jewellery.

Disadvantages of stainless steel that should be considered when choosing jewellery:

  1. Heavy weight: stainless steel jewellery can be heavier than other materials such as silver or gold due to its density and strength. This can cause some people to find it uncomfortable or distracting.
  2. Less shiny: compared to other materials such as silver or gold, stainless steel often has a matte or brushed finish that looks less shiny and elegant.
  3. Not customisable: stainless steel jewellery cannot be customised as easily as jewellery made from other materials such as silver or gold. It is more difficult to reduce or increase the size of stainless steel rings or bracelets if they do not fit.

Advantages of stainless steel jewellery that make it a popular choice for jewellery:

  1. Durability: stainless steel is a very durable material and can last for many years. It is resistant to scratches, abrasion and corrosion, which means it will not be easily damaged.
  2. Easy to maintain: stainless steel jewellery is very easy to maintain and clean. It can be easily cleaned with soap and water or a special cleaning agent for stainless steel.
  3. Hypoallergenic: stainless steel is hypoallergenic and does not normally cause allergic reactions. It is a good choice for people with sensitive skin or allergies to other metals such as nickel.
  4. Modern look: Stainless steel jewellery has a modern, industrial look that is popular with many people.
  5. Cheap: stainless steel jewellery is often cheaper than jewellery made of gold or silver, which makes it an affordable choice for many people.

Stainless steel jewellery is a durable and affordable choice for people who are looking for a modern piece of jewellery that is easy to care for.

Disadvantages of sterling silver that should be considered when choosing jewellery:

  1. Susceptibility to tarnishing: sterling silver has a tendency to tarnish and take on a darker tone over time, especially if not worn regularly. This may mean that the jewellery needs to be polished or cleaned to keep it in a shiny condition.
  2. Softness: sterling silver is a softer metal than gold or platinum, which means it is more susceptible to scratches and damage. If not properly cared for, it can also wear out more quickly.
  3. High-quality jewellery can be expensive: Although sterling silver is generally more affordable than gold or platinum, high-quality sterling silver jewellery can still be expensive, especially if it is set with diamonds or other precious stones.

Advantages of sterling silver jewellery that make it a popular choice for jewellery:

  1. High quality material: silver is a precious metal that has been used in jewellery for centuries. It has a high value and is considered to be of higher quality than stainless steel, which is an alloy of different metals.
  2. Appreciation: Silver is a valuable material whose price can increase over time. In contrast, stainless steel is a common material that generally does not increase in value.
  3. Tarnish protection: We rhodium-plate our sterling silver. The rhodium plating protects the sterling silver from tarnishing and keeps it looking like new for a long time.
  4. Timeless look: Sterling silver jewellery has a classic and timeless look that never goes out of fashion. It is an elegant and stylish material that is suitable for many occasions.
  5. Hypoallergenic: Sterling silver is usually hypoallergenic and rarely causes allergic reactions. It is a good choice for people with sensitive skin or allergies to other metals such as nickel.

Sterling silver jewellery is a durable, high quality and versatile choice for people looking for a timeless and elegant piece of jewellery.

Ultimately, the choice between sterling silver and stainless steel depends on the personal preferences and needs of the wearer. If you want a piece of jewellery that has a high value and whose price may increase over time, then rhodium-plated sterling silver might be the better choice for you. However, if you want jewellery that is durable, easy to maintain and a more affordable option, then stainless steel might be a better choice for you.