A soft, malleable metal in its pure state, silver is a greyish-white metal commonly used in jewelry. In fact, designers often combine silver with other metals to create a more durable alloy due to its pliability. A 925 stamp, also know as Sterling Silver, means a piece is 92.5% pure silver mixed with metals like copper.
Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc (typically 70% copper and 30% zinc). It has a warm, attractive golden tone that bears a close resemblance to gold. Brass is a fairly hard metal. Maintained under ideal conditions, brass will last for centuries. Some conditions that undermine the longevity of brass include ammonia, moisture, acidic, and salty environments. Chemicals from deodorants, perfumes, and skin moisturizers are bad for brass too. Storing brass jewelry in a dry, preferably airtight container, pouch, or box when not in use will preserve it. It is low maintenance. Simple everyday ingredients in your kitchen like dishwashing soap, tomato sauce, vinegar or lemon juice are all you need to make it shiny again.
White brass contains copper and zinc with smaller amounts of magnesium, aluminum or lead to achieve a silver appearance. This alloy has great corrosion resistance as well as tear resistance.
316L Stainless Steel
Stainless steel is the same as medical grade surgical steel so it is hypoallergenic and perfectly safe to wear. While not considered a precious metal, simply because it is more abundantly available, it is much more durable than silver or platinum. Stainless steel can be crafted with higher precision with almost no imperfections. It will not rust, corrode, tarnish, stain, or fade.