Another name for Stainless Steel 316L, a low-carbon form of 316 steel. Although it is non-magnetic when produced, it may become magnetic when worked.

Surgical Steel has a very low nickel content (about 8%), and should therefore be tolerated by all but the most allergic people, who would have to resort to the much more expensive alternative, Titanium. It is generally suitable for body piercings and long-term wear.

Sources:
http://www.body-piercing-jewellery.com/body_jewellery_Surgical_Steel_Information_26.html
http://tattoo.about.com/library/products/aabyb103101.htm
http://www.rings-things.com/METALS.HTM

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