it's not the obvious choice ...
Stainless steel came into my life after I finished silversmithing classes. I liked making large scale pieces, and not only had silver tripled in price by the time my courses were over, but it seemed every time I wanted to wear a piece, it had tarnished. I also felt it lacked strength, being quite a soft metal, it bent and scratched easily and I couldn't foresee the piece lasting for as long as I wanted.
I started to question what was so great about "precious" metals and I started looking outside the conventional silver, gold and platinum realm.
I was about to meet my match.
... but it tick all the boxes.
The first thing I loved about Stainless steel was its look.
304 #4 has such a beautiful straight brushed finish, it really lends itself well to my contemporary, sleek design style.
But being stainless steel also meant it was corrosion resistant and non reactive, which makes it both non tarnish, and hypoallergenic at the same time.
The two biggest problems with sterling silver, resolved in one fell swoop. Boom - Boom.
No more tarnishing means no more polishing. The piece will stay looking beautiful with little care.
Hypoallergenic means that it is one of the best metals for people with sensitive ears.
Its durability means it will not bend or scratch easily, even when thin. It is also light, which makes it perfect to wear everyday.
You can shower with it, swim in it, wear all your perfumes & lotions with it, and it will still look good.