304 Surgical Stainless Steel Findings
Our 304 Surgical Stainless Steel findings are made of high grade 304 Surgical Stainless Steel metal. Our 304 findings with a description of silver, gold, rose gold or black in the title are vacuum plated in Rhodium to create a bright finish. Our 304 earring posts and backs as well as findings described as steel in colour have a raw steel coloured finish, without shiny Rhodium vacuum plating.
316L Surgical Stainless Steel Findings
Our 316L Surgical Stainless Steel findings are made of high grade 316L Surgical Stainless Steel metal that contains an additional ingredient to 304 stainless steel, making it even more resistant to corrosion. Our 316L findings with a description of silver, gold, rose gold, black or gunmetal in the title are vacuum plated in Rhodium to create a bright finish. Our 316L earring posts and backs have a raw steel coloured finish, without shiny Rhodium vacuum plating.
The reality of jewellery is that it may inevitably tarnish over time.
Pollution, humidity and chemicals from household items like lotion, hair spray, cosmetics and perfume can cause jewellery to tarnish or corrode. Even individual hormonal and pH differences can also affect the rate of tarnishing among different people, making it a complex and unpredictable process.
Whilst this is the case, tarnishing can be prevented for a long period of time by avoiding contact with the above things as well as water, over-handling and keeping them out of direct sunlight.
Compared to other lesser grade metals such as brass, aluminium and alloy, the plating on 304 and 316L Surgical Stainless Steel metal will remain untarnished for a longer period of time. For example, a pair of earrings that I made 3 years ago with our jump rings still look good as new. We do not recommend sealing findings with a varnish or lacquer.
We also have 925 Sterling Silver options available, at a higher price point, if a highly corrosion resistant material is preferred.
We have sold hundreds of thousands of 304 and 316L findings to happy customers and they are our top selling products.
In purchasing our 304 or 316L findings, you are accepting that these metals are, by nature, susceptible to tarnishing over time. Jewellery Supplies Co does not accept refunds as a result of this.