STAINLESS: Stainless steel is steel alloyed with at least 10.5% chromium. The presence of chromium increases the steel's ability to resist corrosion, rusting, and staining. Stainless steel is often used in watches and modern-industrial jewelry design.
STEEL: Steel is a gray-colored metal, composed primarily of iron and carbon. It has great hardness, ductility, and tensile strength, allowing it to be a used in buildings and tools. In jewelry, "steel" is often a reference to "stainless steel," which contains at least 10.5% chromium. Because it is durable and slow to rust or stain, stainless steel is often used in watches and modern-industrial jewelry design.
STERLING SILVER: Also known as "Standard Silver," sterling silver is silver alloyed with other metals to increase the hardness and durability. Generally, sterling is 92.5% silver and 7.5% other metals. Some sterling silver jewelry is plated with 14kt-18kt gold and referred to as "vermeil," or "gold over sterling."
SATIN: A finish with a smooth, frost-like appearance. Is soft to the touch, but doesn't have the same mirror-like shine as a polished piece.