Stainless Steel vs. Sterling Silver vs. 14K Gold Medical IDs

As you select your medical ID from American Medical ID, one thing to consider is the material that your medical ID will be made from.

Three common types of metal for medical IDs are available for purchase: stainless steel, sterling silver, and 14K gold.

Here’s a quick rundown of the different types of metals to help you determine which is the perfect choice for you.

Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel Medical ID

One of the most durable options, stainless steel is also the most affordable. It is resistant to tarnish and rust and holds up well under frequent use, making it a great option for a medical ID that should be worn 24/7.

One thing you should avoid with stainless steel is any exposure to chlorine such as bleach or a swimming pool. If you’re a competitive swimmer, you may want to consider sterling silver or gold jewelry instead.

Stainless steel also contains nickel, meaning that people with nickel allergies should avoid it.

The combination of affordability and durability makes it the most popular choice of medical ID bracelets and necklaces.

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Sterling Silver

Sterling Silver

Sterling silver is a great compromise between price and quality. It is a classic jewelry option that allows your medical ID to be obvious to first responders but keeps it from being the most prominent feature of your outfit.

Sterling silver can tarnish but can readily be cleaned with a specialized cleaning polish or cleaning wipe designed for sterling silver.

Best of all, sterling silver is nickel-free, making it perfect for people who are allergic to nickel.

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14K Gold

Gold IDs

The 14K (karat) gold option is the most luxurious option available. It is perfect for matching your current gold jewelry and creating a sleek and stylish appearance for your medical ID.

The high-quality jewelry will last for decades to come if maintained properly. 14K gold is a soft metal, so care should be taken to avoid scratching it.

Maintenance is simple and involves simply polishing with a soft cloth. While it can tarnish, it does so far less frequently than sterling silver and the tarnish is easily removed.

14K gold does contain nickel, so people with a nickel allergy should select another option.

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The Right Choice

The different selection of styles and materials available at American Medical ID make it easy to create the perfect customized medical ID for yourself or a loved one. Carefully consider all of your options, including your engraving, before making your final selection. The friendly customer service staff are happy to help via phone or live chat if you have any questions.


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