What is 316L stainless steel jewelry?

Among the wide variety of jewelry materials, there is a special material that is 316l stainless steel, which has a bright surface and can be processed into jewelry instead of gold and silver, The price is much cheaper than gold and silver, and it has strong corrosion resistance, It is very suitable for making jewelry that is in contact with the skin for a long time. At the same time, it can maintain no deformation and discoloration for a long time, so 316L steel is the most common stainless steel material and is most suitable for jewelry.

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Men's Stainless Steel Cast Ring Figure 4
Men’s 316l Stainless Steel Cast Ring

Most common 316l stainless steel jewelry styles

Material characteristics of 316l stainless steel

316l is an austenitic stainless steel with improved machinability, 316l steel jewelry is produced by different processes and equipment, usually including CNC cutting, sandblasting, laser engraving, etching, oil painting, gem setting, casting, polishing, PVD plating, and other processes.

stainless steel pink waterdrop opal set
316l stainless steel jewelry set


Chunky Black Stainless Steel Ring
316l Stainless Steel Ring

The addition of Mo to 316l stainless steel greatly improves the corrosion resistance of the product, especially in terms of pitting and crevice corrosion in chloride environments, 316L can resist atmospheric corrosion and moderate oxidizing and reducing environments. It also resists corrosion in polluted marine atmospheres. The alloy has excellent resistance to intergranular corrosion in the as-welded state.

316l stainless steel also provides higher fracture stress, creep, and tensile strength at elevated temperatures. As fully austenitic steel, it has excellent toughness, even at low temperatures. This low carbon version of 316l steel is not affected by sensitization caused by grain boundary carbide precipitation when heated, so it is widely used in biomedical implants, marine applications, food processing equipment, and body jewelry, it is easy to shape and process, although its relative toughness means better machining is usually achieved at lower speeds and heavier feeds.

316l medical scalpel
Medical grade 316l scalpel
316l marine accessories
316l marine accessories
316l steel, food processing equipment
316l steel, food processing equipment


UNS S31603
DIN 1.4404
X2 Chromium Nickel Molybdenum Alloy 17-12-2

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316l stainless steel
316l stainless steel

Main feature:

    • 316L has a Pitting Resistance Equivalent Number (PREN) of 25 compared to 19 for Alloy 304.
    • Higher resistance to pitting and crevice corrosion in seawater than 304 stainless steel.
    • The low carbon version of Alloy 316 is thus unaffected by grain boundary sensitization and Excellent forming and welding properties.
    • Excellent ductility and impact strength at high ambient and sub-zero temperatures.
    • Non-magnetic unless heavily welded or cold worked.

    The advantages of 316l stainless steel jewelry

    1. High strength, not easy to deform

    The tensile strength of 316L stainless steel jewelry is 686-1176mpa, and the density is only 60% of that of steel, which determines the high strength of 316L stainless steel jewelry.

    2. Strong corrosion resistance

    The super corrosion resistance of 316L stainless steel jewelry comes from the addition of Mo to its elements, which makes it suitable for use in harsh conditions. In the air below 550 °C, a thin and fine oxide film will be formed on the surface of 316L stainless steel. Therefore, its corrosion resistance is better than that of most stainless steels in oxidizing media and strong alkalis such as atmosphere, seawater, nitric acid, and sulfuric acid.

    316l steel, swimming pool corrosion resistance
    316l steel, swimming pool corrosion resistance

    3. Low price

    Stainless steel jewelry is not a precious metal like gold or silver, it is less expensive, but its workmanship is just as good.

    Jewelry has a long history, but stainless steel jewelry is only more than 60 years old, because of its strong corrosion resistance, hypoallergenicity, excellent toughness, excellent forming, and welding properties, it can make a rich variety of jewelry, and because it is cheap, has gradually enhanced the reputation of stainless steel in modern materials and accessories, and is deeply loved by fashionistas all over the world.


    316 Stainless Steel Jewelry Fashionista-2
    316 Stainless Steel Jewelry Fashionista-2
    316 Stainless Steel Jewelry Fashionista-1
    316 Stainless Steel Jewelry Fashionista-1


    After reading these, do you want to buy some 316l jewelry? If you are a brand, wholesaler, or online or offline boutique, you can find us.

    Chengfen Stainless Steel Jewelry Factory provides OEM&ODM services for many international jewelry brands around the world, please contact us.

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