Stainless Steel vs. Sterling Silver
Should I choose Stainless Steel or Sterling?
Short Answer: It depends on what is important to you.
If affordability is your goal, go for stainless steel. If having to gently care for and maintain your jewelry is a deal breaker, go for stainless steel. If you like precious metals then go for sterling silver. It all comes down to your preference, style and budget.
About Stainless Steel
- Made from steel and chromium
- More scratch resistant
- Does not tarnish, rust, or corrode
- Comes in several colors: Gold, Rose Gold, and Silver
- Mirror or Brushed finish (depending on color)
- Durable: ideal for everyday use
About Sterling Silver
- Sterling silver contains 52.5% pure silver and 7.5% copper
- Less scratch resistant than Stainless Steel
- Will tarnish over time, faster without proper care
- Requires proper care and cleaning
- Thinner, lighter in weight
- Value: It is the most brilliant precious metal, but is more affordable than gold or platinum
Lora's Pick: Stainless Steel
"I tend to go for stainless over sterling simply because it will last forever and look 'like new' even after years of wear. Stainless requires no maintenance care, polishing, or proper storage. The color of the metal will never change, tarnish, or fade."
What about you? Do you prefer Stainless or Sterling?
Share your pick and why in the comments below.