I used to purchase silver plated jewelry, but eventually it ended up turning orange and either in the trash or at the bottom of a drawer. When I created my jewelry line I wanted quality jewelry at an affordable price that would last for years. I discovered 316L stainless steel after doing 3 years of research. I located my own stainless steel manufacture and all my components are 316L stainless steel. My settings are .925 sterling silver, and my charms are either USA cast pewter, stainless steel or sterling silver.