Stainless Steel is a generic name for any steel alloy with a minimum of 11.5 wt% chromium. In all types of stainless steel, chromium creates a very thin chromium-oxide layer on the surface of the metal which prevents it from rusting. 316 surgical stainless steel contains 2-3% molybdenum for even greater resistance to harsh corrosives (both industrial, and in the body). 316L is a low carbon version of 316, with extra corrosion resistance, and is frequently used for stainless steel watches and marine applications. Like most other stainless steel, it contains 8-10.5% nickel. An advantage of stainless steels over plated steels is that, if scratched or damaged, the stainless steel 'self-repairs' as a new chromium-oxide layer is formed. In plated steels, scratches in the plating can lead to corrosion of the steel underneath.
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Approximately 20mm long, sleek teardrop design French hook earwires with loop. The earwire portion is approximately 21-gauge, and is relatively short. For security, we suggest the use of French wire keepers (sold separately) with these specialty ear hooks. The closed loop is perfect for adding beaded dangles, or attaching a charm or crystal with a jump ring. Made of 316L Stainless Steel.