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  • June 26, 2023 3 min read

    When it comes to choosing earrings for sensitive ears, the type of metal used is one of the most important considerations. For many people with sensitive ears, earrings made from silver is a popular choice due to its hypoallergenic properties.

    However, there are two types of silver that are commonly used for jewellery: stainless silver and sterling silver.

    Which one is better for sensitive ears?

    Let's explore the differences. 


    What is Stainless Silver?

    Stainless silver, also known as surgical stainless steel, is a popular choice for earrings and other jewellery because it is durable, resistant to tarnishing, and hypoallergenic. This type of silver is made by mixing steel with small amounts of chromium, which gives it the  shiny, silver-like appearance we love. 

    Stainless steel silver for sensitive ears is less likely to cause an allergic reaction than other metals. This is because it does not contain nickel, which is a common allergen found in many types of jewellery. Nickel is often used as a cheap filler metal in silver alloys. Here at Sister and Soul, all our beautiful earrings are nickel free!

    Another benefit of stainless silver is its durability. It is resistant to corrosion, scratching, and tarnishing, which means it can withstand daily wear and tear without losing its shine or colour. This makes it a great choice for people who are hard on their jewellery or who want something that will last a long time.

    However, we believe special things deserve special care and recommend that you always read the care instructions for every piece of jewellery you purchase. Although stainless silver is strong, it isn’t imperishable. 


    What is Sterling Silver?

    Sterling silver, is a type of silver alloy that is made by mixing pure silver with other metals, usually copper. It is a popular choice for jewellery because it is malleable, and is lustrous in appearance. Sterling silver is often marked with a "925" stamp, which means it contains 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% other metals.

    While sterling silver earrings are also hypoallergenic, it is important to note that it can still cause an allergic reaction in some people. This is because it does contain other metals, such as copper, which can cause irritation in some individuals.

    However, the percentage of other metals in sterling silver is usually low enough that it is safe for most people with sensitive ears. Sterling silver is versatile. It can be polished to a high shine, oxidised to create a vintage look, or combined with other metals to create unique designs.

    It is a popular choice for people who prefer a more traditional look for their jewellery.


    Stainless Silver or Sterling Silver, Which one Is Better for Sensitive Ears?

    Both stainless steel silver and sterling silver earrings are good options for people with sensitive ears, but there are a few factors to consider when choosing between them. If you have a severe allergy to metals, then stainless silver earrings is probably the better choice since it does not contain any nickel. 

    However, if you only have mild sensitivity, then sterling silver earrings should be safe for you as long as it is marked with a "925" stamp.

    Ultimately, the choice between stainless silver and sterling silver will depend on your personal preferences and the level of sensitivity you have to metals.