In creating pieces of stainless steel jewellery that are intended to last more than a lifetime and coming from Sheffield, the city where stainless steel was discovered, there was only one choice for our stainless steel bracelets.
Our stainless steel bracelet is assembled from the highest quality marine grade 316L cable, 4mm in diameter with a 7x19 construction.
Not all stainless steels are created equal. As well as being hypoallergenic, marine grade 316L stainless steel is also manufactured in a fully austenitic condition to give maximum corrosion resistance and durability.
Iron, the primary metal in all forms of steel, rusts readily. Stainless steel, an alloy of iron, carbon, chromium, and traces of other metals, is highly resistant to rust or corrosion. A phenomenon known as passivation makes the steel less reactive with its environment, preventing the oxidation reaction that occurs in iron. The chromium in the alloy forms a thin, invisible film of chromium oxide on the surface of the metal that protects iron oxide, or rust, from forming.
All Bailey of Sheffield stainless steel jewellery is made from one group of alloys known as 316, sometimes referred to as marine, medical or surgical grade stainless steel. This alloy contains little carbon, relatively high chromium levels, and a small amount of nickel.
Surgical stainless steel has a low nickel percentage and can tolerate a low-oxygen environment. Its hardness means its surface will not readily scratch and create a home for pathogens, and the alloy will not tarnish or stain the surrounding skin.
Stainless steel has many characteristics that make it a good choice for jewellery;
The chromium oxide film that prevents tarnish and rust from forming on stainless steel also keeps it from reacting to many other chemicals. Environments that contain a high chlorine or salt content can accelerate tarnish in silver, but they do not affect stainless steel.
While all stainless steel jewellery has a small amount of nickel, the alloy does not cause a reaction from metal-sensitive skin, which is why it is used in surgical instruments and medical implants.
Resistance to Tarnish
Stainless steel can handle moisture without corroding, and Bailey of Sheffield’s stainless steel bracelet won’t tarnish over time. This means that our bracelets are easy to clean and maintain.
Stainless steel jewellery is the perfect choice for everyday wear as, unlike fine jewellery, it will not readily warp or lose its fine detail to nicks and scrapes. Bailey of Sheffield jewellery is sturdy enough to withstand more than a lifetime of use.