Stainless steel came on the scene about one hundred years ago. In 1913, a man named Harry Brearley discovered a new material. He called this rustless steel. Stainless steel is made when their is about twelve to thirteen percent chromium. This added material allows the steel to not rust. He discovered this property when he was working with the British army. He wanted to find a way to stop gun barrels from eroding.
After the invention of stainless steel, people realized how useful this material is in a variety of industries. For example, the medical community began using stainless steel in surgical scalpels and tools. They also began using stainless steel to create implants, prosthetics, and more. They realized that this material would not react within the body. Also in the kitchen people used stainless steel to create cutlery and serving implements that would not rust.
Stainless Steel Today
In modern times, China actually produces the largest amount of stainless steel in the world. They produce stainless steel for medical devices, home improvement devices, and more. The Cloud Gate sculpture in Chicago is actually made with almost all stainless steel.
One of the reasons why it is so popular in modern times is because companies are worried about their carbon footprint. Stainless steel is corrosion resistant so it can last a long time. So architects and businessmen like choosing this building material because it is easy to maintain. Since it is not corrosive, it does not need to be repaired as frequently as corrosive materials.
Another reason that stainless steel is a great choice is because it is recyclable. Stainless steel is actually one hundred percent recyclable. It is the most widely recycled product in the United States of America. One of the biggest reasons because of this is the automotive industry in the country. Stainless steel is a huge component of cars, bikes, vehicles and vans. As soon as a vehicle is taken on the road permanently it is stripped into its component parts and recycled.
Stainless Steel Jewelry
When most people think of stainless steel, they think of their kitchen sink! While your sink is beautiful, we can make you something even better than that butcher sink. Stainless steel is a great option for jewelry for your new ring. The shiny beautiful material creates a wonderful luster that looks great in all types of looks.
This material is really ductile. Ductile means that it can be maneuvered into thing wire that is delicate and tough. This means we can construct beautiful decorations, patterns, and three dimensional shapes with this material. This property means that jewelry makers can have a lot of fun with ring design. No matter what you are looking for, this material allows you to construct a ring in that pattern. Just tell our friendly staff members what you are looking for and we will find the perfect ring for you.
Physical Properties that makes stainless steel rings stand out from the crowd
Stainless steel is an incredibly strong metal that is very durable. This means that no matter how much trouble you get into in your daily life, your ring can hold up. It is strong enough to be scratch resistant and non-corrosive. Stainless steel is non-corrosive because each ring is covered in a thin layer of chromium which is naturally rust resistant. Rings made of this material will also never turn your finger green because they do not tarnish.
Stainless steel is a poor conductor of electricity. So if you are working on an electric motor or doing electric work around the house you are unlikely to get shocked. (However, no matter how skilled you are, we recommend calling a professional. No one needs that kind of excitement in their life!). And if you are in an emergency situation, you can rest easy knowing that the paramedics can easily cut off your ring.
As with all metal rings, there is a possibility of having an allergic reaction from a stainless steel ring. If you are hypersensitive to metals, please contact us so we can help you find a ring that you love that will not mess with your allergies. While stainless steel is made mostly of steel and chromium, there are trace amounts of nickel and iron in the metal. This can cause an allergic reaction and your body to release histamines if you are sensitive to this type of metal.