Forget Silver, forget Gold, forget Platinum, there’s a New Metal in town!

Forget Silver, forget Gold, forget Platinum, there’s a New Metal in town!

Kandy Nation is changing the way you look at surgical steel

Kandy Nation decided to promote surgical steel jewellery after countless hours of research. We wanted to stand behind a product that matters and brings positive change to people’s lives, rather than just focus on making profit selling gold or sterling silver. Sadly in today’s world more and more people find they have some sort of allergy, develop allergic reaction to foods or products, or their skin is very sensitive to chemical combinations of items they come to contact with. And surprisingly to some, a lot of these allergies and or sensitivities are developed or discovered through the jewellery they choose to wear. 

Allergy to gold or silver – think again

Many people who develop an allergic reaction to a gold or silver jewellery piece, think that they have an allergy to gold or silver itself. Although it can be the case in some rare cases (thus we always encourage to contact your doctor and do an allergy test), it is not Gold nor Silver that is the culprit of that itchy rash or contact dermatitis. It is very likely that you are actually allergic to Nickel. What? If you did not know, both Gold & Silver are very soft metals, therefore they are often mixed with Nickel and/or other metals to make it more suitable for you to wear as jewelry. The lower the purity of the gold alloy (the lower the karat of the jewelry), the bigger part of it is made up of non-gold metals, including nickel. So unless you have a diagnosed allergy to Gold, or silver for that matter, it is most likely Nickel, Copper or Brass that’s causing it.

Surgical and stainless steel

First off – surgical steel is a type of stainless steel, yet not all stainless steel is surgical steel. Simple, right? 

Stainless steel is a metal compound of iron, carbon, and chromium. Used for making many different things from surgical tools, pots and pans, to car parts. It is also used to make jewellery. Stainless steel was originally used for freshly pierced earrings due to the extremely low rate of allergic reactions to it. Still to this day, 316L surgical steel is recommended as first contact jewellery for children, being the safest choice available. In the meantime stainless steel jewellery and surgical steel jewellery are taking over jewellery departments with soon-to-be-married-couples wanting wedding bands in that exact material that will stand the test of time! Stainless steel jewelry is harder to scratch, can withstand the sun, the sand, and the sea. The only Achilles heel of stainless steel rings is its’ sensitivity to chlorine, so simply take it off before going into chlorine pool.

Surgical steel 

Surgical steel is made of the highest quality stainless steel 316L, meeting the strictest technical and ecological requirements for nickel, cadmium and lead content – keeping them at such low percentage that it doesn’t cause any reaction in majority of hypersensitive people. Thanks to its’ hypoallergenic properties, even the most sensitive individuals can wear surgical steel jewellery. Surgical steel jewellery is durable, does not oxidize, is exceptionally sturdy and can be colourfast. 316L Steel is the highest quality level of steel.  Be aware of low priced steel jewelry: they lack the quality of 316L steel, and that may cause skin irritation due to its’ often unknown content of other metals. Surgical stainless steel also has a layer of chromium or molybdenum on top, that keeps the other alloys trapped underneath, nickel included, which dramatically reduces the chances of anyone sensitive to nickel from having a reaction to it.

Still not Convinced

If you need any more convincing, here you go! Surgical steel jewellery is corrosion-free, tarnish-free, and scratch-free. It does not  require much maintenance and is really easy to clean or re-plate. It is light and comfortable. It is cheaper than Gold yet binds extremely well with gold in a Gold plating process (much better than Silver). It is the most environmentally-friendly metal option in the jewelry world. In the production process, the amount of energy used and waste produced is dramatically less than in the production of other metals for jewelry, AND it is 100% recyclable. Stainless steel jewellery is a poor conductor of electricity – it conducts around up to 16v, while gold conducts up to 310v and silver is 429v (for those worrying about getting electric shocks from their ring or necklace). 

Stealing the Show

Kandy Nation chose to promote a product that is not only a beautiful piece of jewellery, catching other people’s eyes and transforming your outfit. We chose to stand behind a product that is does not cause harm to Your precious health nor the enviornment. We chose a product that is made from quality materials into a luxurious and durable product, costing fraction of a price of it’s gold and silver equivalent. For the love of our customers.

Perfect Pastels

It’s official… Spring is here and it is time for transitioning your wardrobe to warmer styles and colours. From denim to two-piece ensembles, there are tons of wearable pastels out there for the spring season. Pink work attire? Why not! The best part about pastels is that they are totally wearable for any occasion. Break free from your cold weather tones and say hello to stand out hues! Here is my list for you to get inspired by perfect pastels!

Purple is a feminine colour we all can learn to love especially Lilac. Lilac is soft yet eye-catching which is why we should wear it from head to toe like blogger Vanessa Hong from Haute Pursuit. Vanessa wearing a top suit from Whistles that makes pastels stunningly chic. Tone down the colour factor with accessories by choosing all black pieces to complete you look and make it Fashionista approved… in this instance Anine Bing sunglasses and a Rachael Ruddick purse. Master lilac this season monochromatically.

Pretty in Pink
Another feminine pastel tone is light pink. We see pops of this colour more than ever nowadays and it’s ready to make another round. Dress to impress in pink with sheer details like this Carolina Hererra top and skirt set. My favourite part about this outfit is that it mixes modern style with elegance… any Fashionista can rock this! Minimal ankle tie heels, flowing sheer skirt and matching crop top make two-piece sets in pastels at the top of my must haves for spring, as well as the classic pair of RayBan sunglasses of course for the sunnier days. Take advantage of being pretty in pink in ladylike silhouettes.

Apple Mint Green
Get a little more casual chic with apple mint green denim! Yes, apple mint green is a colour! Green tones can be daunting but take a jab at an energetic approach on skinny jeans- turn a pair into your own style just like Ashley Madekwe, blogger and actress did with her denim from LF. Slipping on a pair of darker green sandal heels and a TopShop chiffon top turns simple into trendy.  There are no rules on where to wear apple mint green jeans, but my advice is take them with you anywhere! This pastel tone was made for a pair of denim.

Get in with the pantone colours of the year with Serenity. This shade of blue being a slightly darker toned pastel still makes it accessible to go with any outfit. My favourite way to wear serenity is with outerwear. Although spring is a warmer season, we still need that go to piece of outerwear like this lighter weight coat from White House Black Market. Along with J Crew pants and sweater shirt and glittered loafers, the missing piece to this ensemble was the Serenity coat after all!

Keep your look colourful! Statement coats for a pop of colour, sheer detailing, or casual finds, play with your favourite trends in a different palette than the normal. Mix up trends with new colours; you will never know the outcome until you try. Play a little more with perfect pastels!