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Details

These small open hoops are made from plain round 20 gauge niobium wire and measure 1/2 inch (12.7 mm) in diameter. They are individually shaped and filed so there are no rough spots. Then they are tumble polished and cleaned to a bright platinum colour that will not tarnish. They are inserted from the back of the ear so they look like small solid hoops. Singles are available - just ask.

If you would like them coloured (free of charge), just make your selection using the pull down menu. Your monitor's display may be very different from mine, so please, read the names of the colours in the colour chart. The anodized colours of niobium are rich, saturated and bright.

The KISS series (Keep It Simple Sue) is all about simple, comfortable, light and casual earrings. They are terrific for every day wear, for fairly new piercings, or to rest your piercings after wearing irritating or heavy earrings. For multiple piercings, they can be mixed and matched – size, texture, colour. See the whole KISS series here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/Element41?section_id=6953494
Reviews
5 out of 5 stars.
(1,469)
Reviewed by Corey Jones
5 out of 5 stars.
Aug 29, 2016
Fast delivery, nice simple design, looks great!
KISS5: Small pseudo-sleeper niobium earrings

Reviewed by lugansk
5 out of 5 stars.
Aug 16, 2017
Thank you, love the earrings, great service.
Niobium earrings: 18 gauge Tiny Apostrophe

Reviewed by pipvogel
5 out of 5 stars.
Jul 25, 2017
Lovely earrings - simple and cute. Also love the personal touch of including a handwritten note. And mustn't forget to mention the metalbox for keepsafe.
Niobium earrings: 18 gauge Tiny Apostrophe

Reviewed by Lleiset
5 out of 5 stars.
Jul 6, 2017
Niobium earrings: Small Apostrophe

Reviewed by Corey Jones
5 out of 5 stars.
Aug 29, 2016
Fast delivery, nice simple design, looks great!
KISS5: Small pseudo-sleeper niobium earrings

Reviewed by lugansk
5 out of 5 stars.
Aug 16, 2017
Thank you, love the earrings, great service.
Niobium earrings: 18 gauge Tiny Apostrophe

Reviewed by pipvogel
5 out of 5 stars.
Jul 25, 2017
Lovely earrings - simple and cute. Also love the personal touch of including a handwritten note. And mustn't forget to mention the metalbox for keepsafe.
Niobium earrings: 18 gauge Tiny Apostrophe

Reviewed by Lleiset
5 out of 5 stars.
Jul 6, 2017
Niobium earrings: Small Apostrophe

Reviewed by SouthrnCharmed
5 out of 5 stars.
Jun 9, 2017
Yessss. Perfectly simple adornment. More please :)
Niobium earrings: 18 gauge Tiny Apostrophe

Reviewed by becca947
5 out of 5 stars.
Feb 13, 2017
The earrings are very good quality and just as described. I will definitely purchase from this seller again in the future!!
Niobium earrings: 18 gauge Tiny Apostrophe

Reviewed by Karen Smythe
5 out of 5 stars.
Dec 13, 2016
Niobium earrings: Small Apostrophe

Reviewed by Laura Delvillar
5 out of 5 stars.
Aug 10, 2017
KISS7: Infinity niobium stud earrings

Reviewed by SouthrnCharmed
5 out of 5 stars.
Aug 7, 2017
Always perfectly smooth. Love them <3
Niobium earrings: 18 gauge Slim Apostrophe

Reviewed by SouthrnCharmed
5 out of 5 stars.
Aug 7, 2017
Sue is amazing to work with and I love her work!
Niobium earrings: 18 gauge Apostrophe set of 2 pairs

Shipping

Shipping from Canada
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1 - 2 business days
Items will be shipped by Canada Post within 2 business days of receipt of payment. Business days are Monday to Friday, excluding Canadian statutory holidays.

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All prices are in US funds.
*Residents of Canada will be charged GST or HST according to their province's or territory's rates.
Customs charges and/or import duties levied by your country are your responsibility.

Returns & exchanges

Items damaged in shipping: Notify me immediately by e-mail and send them back. Your full purchase price, including shipping, will be refunded as soon as the damaged item(s) are received.
For hygiene reasons, there is no exchange on jewellery for piercings.

Additional policies

The Colours of Niobium

In its natural state, niobium is metallic grey. When it's polished, it's very close to the colour of stainless steel or platinum - not quite silver. When it's coloured, it's absolutely amazing.

Niobium is coloured by electricity alone in a process called anodization. In effect, I electrocute the jewellery while being careful not to electrocute myself. There are no dyes, pigments, paints or toxic chemicals used. The colour comes from the build up of the natural oxide of the metal itself. This transparent oxide layer bends the light as it passes through and reflects off the metal, like a prism splits white light into a rainbow. The thickness of the oxide layer, which is dependent on the voltage applied, determines the colour you see. The colours can shift and dance a bit depending on the light. The anodized colours range from shades of gold, silver, copper, brass and bronze – 'normal' metal colours - to blues, purples, pinks, teals and greens – not so normal. The oxide is as hypo-allergenic as the uncoloured metal.

Because the colour you see is based on refracted and reflected light, there can be some variability to the colour you see in different lighting conditions, like the dancing and shifting colours of a soap bubble. Some anodized colours are more 'stable' than others, meaning that their shift in different lights is minimal. Generally, they're in the lower voltage range - up to the golds. In the higher voltage range, from copper through lime, the colours can appear quite different depending on the type of light and its angle. Frequently, you can see hints of both the colour above and the colour below the one you select. Anodized niobium in sunlight is absolutely amazing no matter which colour it is.

There is also a 'black' oxide that is achieved with heat. Though it's called black, it's really a very dark graphite. When polished, it's stunning. It's just as body-friendly as the natural and anodized colours. Black is available by special order only, and is subject to a modest up-charge.

Care and Cleaning

You can clean niobium jewellery in the same way as any other jewellery, except that you should not use abrasive cleaners like polishing cloths on anodized niobium. The abrasive will remove the colour. Rinse well with fresh water to remove any trace of cleaner before wearing.

For very sensitive wearers, I recommend that you simply soak your earrings in a cup or small bowl of recently boiled water - like making a cup of tea.
The Colours of Niobium

In its natural state, niobium is metallic grey. When it's polished, it's very close to the colour of stainless steel or platinum - not quite silver. When it's coloured, it's absolutely amazing.

Niobium is coloured by electricity alone in a process called anodization. In effect, I electrocute the jewellery while being careful not to electrocute myself. There are no dyes, pigments, paints or toxic chemicals used. The colour comes from the build up of the natural oxide of the metal itself. This transparent oxide layer bends the light as it passes through and reflects off the metal, like a prism splits white light into a rainbow. The thickness of the oxide layer, which is dependent on the voltage applied, determines the colour you see. The colours can shift and dance a bit depending on the light. The anodized colours range from shades of gold, silver, copper, brass and bronze – 'normal' metal colours - to blues, purples, pinks, teals and greens – not so normal. The oxide is as hypo-allergenic as the uncoloured metal.

Because the colour you see is based on refracted and reflected light, there can be some variability to the colour you see in different lighting conditions, like the dancing and shifting colours of a soap bubble. Some anodized colours are more 'stable' than others, meaning that their shift in different lights is minimal. Generally, they're in the lower voltage range - up to the golds. In the higher voltage range, from copper through lime, the colours can appear quite different depending on the type of light and its angle. Frequently, you can see hints of both the colour above and the colour below the one you select. Anodized niobium in sunlight is absolutely amazing no matter which colour it is.

There is also a 'black' oxide that is achieved with heat. Though it's called black, it's really a very dark graphite. When polished, it's stunning. It's just as body-friendly as the natural and anodized colours. Black is available by special order only, and is subject to a modest up-charge.

Care and Cleaning

You can clean niobium jewellery in the same way as any other jewellery, except that you should not use abrasive cleaners like polishing cloths on anodized niobium. The abrasive will remove the colour. Rinse well with fresh water to remove any trace of cleaner before wearing.

For very sensitive wearers, I recommend that you simply soak your earrings in a cup or small bowl of recently boiled water - like making a cup of tea.

KISS5: Small pseudo-sleeper niobium earrings

$15.00

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