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These hypoallergenic earrings were made with handformed niobium wire and brilliantly colored Effetre glass from Murano Italy. The beads are round with an opaque green cap over light blue 'pebbles' imbedded in a light aquamarine base. The beads are suspended from a 'convertible' spiral hook that allows each bead to be wound 'off ' the wire and replaced with a different colored bead of the same design. Additional beads can be purchased from this shop . . . check it out!

The beads are similar to eachother in size and appearance. The picture accurately represents coloration. They are about 1/2 of an inch in diameter. Overall length of each earring is about 1 15/16 inches.

Murano is an island just North of Venice Italy where the art of glass making has been handed down father to son for centuries. The colors produced there are vibrant, there are many to choose from, and they have gone through hundreds of years of testing and improvement. They are beautiful and they stay beautiful.

Each bead is individually hand formed in my shop using Effetre glass. A base of colored glass is heated to its molten state, and wrapped on a mandrel to which various bits and stringers of additional colors of glass are added. This creates a bead with a pattern of color that is brilliant, unique, and durable. No two beads are exactly alike.

All findings (ear wires, links, and eyelets) are hand formed in my shop using niobium wire. Many people develop sensitivity to various metals. Niobium is an excellent choice for anyone concerned about possible sensitivity. Niobium is physiologically inert . . . completely hypoallergenic. It is the metal of choice in many body piercing applications.

Niobium is also an eye catching alternative to gold or silver. In its natural state it is a lustrous gunmetal gray with perhaps the slightest hint of bronze. It is highly resistant to corrosion and, for example, will not tarnish or corrode even if worn while swimming in the ocean.

Is niobium a precious metal that might be compared to gold or silver? You bet! It is rare, it is difficult to refine, and it is beautiful. Currently Canada, Austria, Latvia, and Luxemburg all use it in the minting of bullion coins.

Niobium earrings, blue Effetre glass beads. No 524.


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: niobium, niobium wire, glass, Murano glass, Moretti glass, Effetre glass, blue glass, precious metal, hypoallergenic metal
  • Only ships within United States.
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