Silver Chain with Nested Hoops at the Bottom Earrings
These chain maille earring have a 2x2 sterling silver chain with nested hoops of various metals and colors. They include sterling silver, 14k gold-filled* and anodized niobium** for the colored hoops. They measure 1-1/2 inches from the top of the ear wires.
* “Gold-filled” is a U.S.A. industry standard that legally requires 1/20th or 5% pure gold by weight. It is a strictly regulated process that involves pressure bonding multiple layers of sold 14k gold with extreme heat over a core of high quality jeweler’s brass resulting in a durable, quality, real gold product. Because the outer layer of gold is thick, unlike gold-plated, your piece will not tarnish, flake or fade. If one is not allergic to gold, it is unlikely one would get a reaction to gold-filled. While gold-filled remains a less expensive alternative to sold gold, it’s considerable gold content makes it about twice as expensive as sterling silver.
** Niobium (Nb) is a reactive metal similar to titanium. An electrical current passed through it will change the surface color (anodized). The amount of voltage applied will determine the color. It is hypoallergenic because it is resistant to acids and alkalines. To clean, if it loses it’s shine, use any window cleaner. It costs about the same as sterling silver and is a bit lighter in weight. While the anodized color should not fade, it is a surface color and can scratch but not readily.