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The jewelry market is vast and jewelry is now designed with different materials.

Choosing stainless steel jewelry has many advantages and more and more of us prefer it to other types of alloys. To help you see more clearly on the subject, Joy du Plessy concocted you a advice guide on steel jewelry with all the answers to your questions.

Why choose stainless steel jewelry?

The great advantage of fall for a steel jewel is that, as the word stainless suggests, it will not be altered by time and repeated wear. This metal is a very good alternative to silver and gold plating. Resistant and durable, it does not corrode and is insensitive to scratches. Stainless steel is a rust-resistant and long-lasting alloy . It is water resistant and therefore perfect for people who do not take off their jewelery when taking a shower or going to the gym. They are also sweat resistant.

As with silver or gold, the range of stainless steel jewelery that we offer at Joy du Plessy is very varied: bracelets, necklaces, earrings , rings and even charms . These high-quality costume jewels come in three colors: yellow gold, rose gold and silver. The material of the stainless steel jewel is studied to avoid allergic reactions as can sometimes be the case with nickel. No more itching and tingling sometimes associated with wearing jewelry made from metals other than surgical steel.

Does stainless steel blacken?

You wonder if, like money, stainless steel can darken ? The answer is no. A steel jewel is made of a metal alloy (iron, carbon and chromium) which is unalterable over time. Your stainless steel jewelry will therefore be robust and its luster will not vary over time as it might the case with other metals. They will not be affected by rust and will not blacken.

Does stainless steel change color?

As for the previous question, nothing to fear concerning a possible color change of the stainless steel over time. Jewelry made of this material is designed to last and not suffer the effects of time or external aggressions. Your jewelry will therefore not change color.

Our care tips for your 925 silver and gold-plated jewelry

Here are some maintenance tips so that you can protect your jewelry and keep it as long as possible :
  • Be sure to store your jewelry individually away from light, in its original packaging if possible
  • Take it off for sleep and during physical activity
  • Avoid contact with water, perfume and cosmetics, with tolerance for steel jewelry
  • Regularly rub your jewel with a small chamois or soft cloth

925 silver jewelry

925/1000th silver also called solid silver is a precious metal widely used in jewelry. It is composed of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% other metals, most often copper.


Non-rhodium plated silver will inevitably tarnish and blacken over time. Its oxidation is a natural phenomenon which only takes place at the level of the surface of the material and in no way alters the quality of the product. The acidity of the skin of the person wearing the jewelry is one of the factors that accelerate its aging. Fortunately, it is very simple to restore its shine by cleaning it regularly with a soft cloth or chamois leather. You can also use a product suitable for silverware, available in supermarkets. Finally, avoid wearing your jewelry in the shower and putting it in contact with chemicals. If it has come into contact with water, be sure to wipe it dry.

Gold plated jewelry

Gold plated corresponds to a minimum thickness equivalent to 3 microns of gold deposited on a resistant metal (copper, zinc, brass, silver). Gold-plated jewelry has the advantage of resembling those made from pure gold with the advantage of being much cheaper.


Gold plated jewelry can tarnish and chip over time, so it requires special care on a daily basis. Avoid wearing them when you do the dishes or other household chores, take them off before taking your shower and have the reflex to store them in their original packaging. When your jewel begins to tarnish, you can soak it in lukewarm water with Marseille soap to give it a second life.

We hope this guide to steel jewelery has convinced you that buying stainless steel or surgical steel jewelery is an excellent choice. You can also find more tips in our blog post. When you love jewelry, you want to wear it daily without worrying about aging. With regular maintenance, you will be sure to keep your favorite jewelry for a very long time.

Finally, we cannot cite the advantages of steel jewelry without mentioning their trendy aspect and their low price. Choosing stainless metal jewelry means opting for the latest ornaments that can currently be found in all magazines. Finally, it's also having fun without going over budget, because stainless steel jewelry is sold at very affordable prices. The quality / price ratio is an important principle for us at Joy du Plessy.

How to clean stainless steel jewelry?

Stainless steel is widely used for modern, resistant and hypoallergenic jewellery. To keep your jewelry as long as possible and preserve all its shine, it is necessary to clean it regularly. A steel jewel will not require the same care as silver jewellery, thanks to an alloy of iron, chromium and carbon steel capable of regenerating itself. But, it will still be necessary to remove the layer of dirt due to daily wear. Here are some tips for clean stainless steel jewelry .

There's nothing like water and a mild soap to remove the dirt deposited on your steel jewelry. Just rub it for a few minutes then run it under water to remove all traces. Finally, gently wipe your jewelry with a soft cloth.

You can also choose baking soda for clean your stainless steel jewelry . The natural qualities of the product will allow deep cleaning. To do this, simply mix a teaspoon of baking soda with cold water. Then apply the paste obtained using a brush and rinse your bracelet, necklace or ring thoroughly with clean water. Dry the jewelry with a clean cloth.

White vinegar or lemon will also be very effective for cleaning stainless steel jewelry . You can proceed in different ways for the maintenance of the jewels:

  • Soak a clean, dry surface (cloth, sponge, etc.) with a little lemon juice or white vinegar. Gently rub the stainless steel. Rinse and dry your jewelry.
  • Soak the jewelry directly in a mixture of cold water and white vinegar or lemon juice. Rinse carefully for a few minutes for complete care of your jewellery.

A microfiber cloth alone or a chamois leather can also be enough to restore the shine to your earrings, necklaces, bracelets, etc. This treatment will polish and shine the jewel so that it does not tarnish. Simply rub the jewel in small circular motions to restore its shine and remove surface dirt.

Finally, you can also opt for products specifically designed for the cleaning stainless steel jewelry . They are generally sold in supermarkets or directly in jewelry stores. They are more expensive than the grandmother's remedies that we have just presented to you, but are generally effective in cleaning jewelry, and in particular in dealing with scratches.

Whether your favorite stainless steel jewel has scratches from repeated wear, you can first try to fade them by brushing it with a toothbrush and toothpaste. If this is not enough, we advise you to obtain a more specific product. To you the clean and sparkling jewels as freshly bought!