Body piercings are a fashion favorite these days. However, most people are not very particular when it comes to the material of the jewelry. Stainless steel is the winner when it comes to any type of body jewelry.
Whether you wish to get an ear-piercing, navel piercing, nose piercing or a dermal piercing, body jewelry can indeed highlight your best features. There are many types of jewelry available these days, which can make it difficult for a person to decide which material is best-suited to them. If you want jewelry that will not cause rashes, discomfort or skin irritation then stainless steel is the best choice for you. Most people think of surgical instruments when they look at stainless steel. However, this high-grade industrial type material could be an excellent choice when it comes to body jewelry. You may not believe it but pure steel can look exquisite even in the most delicate looking jewelry.
The color of stainless is a nice muted silver shade, which makes it an excellent choice for understate yet classy looking jewelry. This is one of the reasons why this material is gaining so much popularity in jewelry. Many jewelry manufacturers have started using stainless steel for making riveted jewelry and delicate bracelets. In fact, the color of stainless steel has gained so much popularity that it is quite the staple in urban-themed jewelry and fashion.
The advantage of stainless steel is that while it has a high degree of strength it is also easily bendable. While it may require more effort to bend it into whatever shape desired, the fact is that once made into the finished shape, it will retain the same shape more than other materials used in jewelry. In addition, stainless steel has at least 10% chromium and as we all know chromium mixes with oxygen to form an invisible chromium-oxide layer. It is this protective sheath or layer, which gives the material its name “stainless”. It means that untainted steel is extremely resistant to any kind of corrosion. This makes it an excellent choice for all types of jewelry. Let’s face it – who wouldn’t want their jewelry to retain its sheen and last for ages?
Unlike softer base type metals often used in jewelry, or carbon steel, pure steel is highly resistant to wear and tear. It is also resistant to oxidation, rust and discoloration. Because of the fact that it is not plated, it does not chip or fade over a period of time. If you stay in an environment that is very humid, stainless steel is an excellent choice because it will not corrode or fade over time!