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925 Sterling Silver VS 304L Stainless Steel


Last updated May 22, 2020
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925 Sterling Silver is a blend of pure silver along with other metal alloys. Pure sterling silver contains at least 92.5% of silver and 7.5 % of other metals (typically copper) and will have 925 stamped on it. 

One of the reasons why people prefer silver jewellery is because of its soft luster and receptive quality. It is associated with the lunar cycle and believed to enhance creativity.

304L Stainless Steel, on the other hand, is a group of metal alloys that vary in their chemical composition. Alloy 304L has a minimum of 18% chromium and 8% nickel. 

Stainless steel jewellery has recently risen in popularity because of its ability to offer better light reflection after polishing. And there are tons of finishes that are possible with it. It can be made to mimic chrome or have brushed finish like pewter. It is harder and ideal for everyday use due to its resistance to scratches and dents.

Pros and Cons of 925 Sterling Silver Jewellery

Each metal has its own advantages and cons. When it comes to sterling silver, it is a very beautiful metal with several advantages and a couple of reasons why someone may dislike it.

Pros

  • Sterling silver is one of the easiest precious metals to mold into rings, necklaces, pendants or just about any type of jewellery. It can also taken on a variety of attractive colours and finishes. It can be high gloss or have a matte finish.
  • Silver gradually wears to attain a very beautiful finish with tiny imperfections that it attains every single day that you wear it. I personally love this natural finish and feel that it accentuates the beauty of the metal.

Cons

  • A lot of people do not appreciate the fact that a brand new piece of jewellery can look like it’s a decade old in the span of a year. That’s one of the biggest reasons why a lot of people prefer other metals like stainless over silver.
  • It will be prone to dents and scratches more than any other type of precious metal.
  • There are a lot of fake sterling silver jewellery being peddled in retail outlets and in the online marketplace.
  • It is a lot more expensive than stainless steel

Pros and Cons of Stainless Steel jewellery

Stainless steel can be designed to mimic sterling silver, is more durable than it and is cost effective too.  

Pros

  • Stainless steel will not dent or get scratched like sterling silver. The chromium in the alloy makes it impervious to oxidation too. Even if you wear it every single day, it will retain its luster and look as good as new a year later.
  • There is an array of beautiful finishes in stainless steel jewelry now. It can be made to resemble white gold, sterling silver or be plated with rose gold or yellow gold. You can essentially get the look of any precious metal fine jewelry at the fraction of the price.
  • Our Stainless Steel offer hypoallergenic for people who are allergic to nickel.
  • it is a lot more affordable to sterling silver.

Cons

  • The durability comes at the cost of rigidity which makes stainless steel jewellery very difficult to repair or resize. If it does get damaged, then the only option you may have is to recycle it and get it remade.
  • It isn't as premium as sterling silver for an important gift

Summing it Up:

It would be difficult to pick a clear winner if these were to be pitted against each other. And I think I know why you have a hard time deciding. Well, it boils down to personal choice. If you are going to wear it everyday for an active outdoorsy lifestyle, 304L stainless steel will be good.

On the other hand, if someone prefers something that is more precious in terms of value, 925 sterling silver would be a better choice.