What is 316L Stainless Steel?

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In the manufacturing of body jewelry it is important to use metals that will not corrode or rust.  Stainless steel fulfills these requirements and is commonly found in most body jewelry.  Stainless steel will not rust, flake, peel off or wear down.  The type of Stainless Steel used in body jewelry is generally 316L, which is a low-carbon bio compatible metal with increased chromium content that makes it most suitable for jewelry worn against the skin.

Although most body jewelry is made with 316L Stainless Steel, other metals are also used such as; rhodium, titanium, sterling silver, gold or plastic.  Many pieces (such as navel jewelry) combine a 316L Stainless Steel shaft with a dangle made of other metals.  Trail and error will determine which metals are right (or wrong) for you.

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