When it comes to choosing the perfect material for your handmade jewelry, it can be difficult to decide between 925 silver and stainless steel. While both materials have their own unique properties, there are some key differences that set them apart. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the pros and cons of each material and why at Lettres d’Or, we believe 925 silver is the better choice for handmade jewelry.
925 silver, also known as sterling silver, is a high quality alloy made up of 92.5% silver and 7.5% other metals, typically copper. The addition of copper gives 925 silver a higher durability and strength than pure silver. This combination creates a strong and durable material, resistant to tarnishing and discoloration, making it a great option for jewelry that will be worn on a regular basis. 925 silver is also a great choice for those with sensitive skin, as it is hypoallergenic and won’t cause irritation.
On the other hand, stainless steel is a man-made material made up of a combination of steel, chromium and other metals. It is known for its durability and resistance to rust, tarnish, and corrosion. However, stainless steel is not as malleable as 925 silver, making it less suitable for handmade jewelry that requires intricate designs and details.
When it comes to aesthetics, 925 silver has a timeless and classic look that is perfect for a wide variety of jewelry styles. It can be polished to a high shine, or left with a matte finish for a more rustic look. It can also be easily engraved and set with gemstones, giving jewelry a unique and elegant look. Stainless steel, on the other hand, often has a more modern and industrial look which may not be as versatile or suitable for all types of jewelry. It is also more difficult to polish and maintain its shine.
Another important factor to consider is the value of the jewelry. 925 silver is a precious metal and its value increases over time, while stainless steel is a man-made material and its value remains relatively stable.
Overall, 925 silver is the superior choice for handmade jewelry. Its durability, malleability, and timeless appearance make it the perfect material for creating unique and beautiful pieces. While stainless steel may have its own benefits, it simply cannot compare with the elegance and value of 925 silver.
At lettres d'or, because we value our dear clients, we only work with the best handcrafters to create by hand our unique designs. By using high quality of silver, we make sure to choose the best material for our precious creations.
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