Element41

Niobium Earrings & Wire Works

Perth, Canada · 3665 Sales

Element41

Niobium Earrings & Wire Works

Perth, Canada 3665 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
(1403)
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Sue L

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Announcement   Niobium earrings for sensitive ears: all of my earrings have hypoallergenic niobium earwires so they can be worn by anyone and everyone. Everything is ready to ship.

Find me on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Element41

For more information about the colours of niobium, please read my FAQs here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/Element41/policy

Announcement

Niobium earrings for sensitive ears: all of my earrings have hypoallergenic niobium earwires so they can be worn by anyone and everyone. Everything is ready to ship.

Find me on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Element41

For more information about the colours of niobium, please read my FAQs here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/Element41/policy

Sue L

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Sue L

16 gauge niobium earrings: Marquise shape
US$30.50
4mm Amethyst niobium stud earrings
US$20.50
Niobium hoop earrings: Small KISS
US$18.00
Large KISS hoops: Black niobium hoop earrings
US$27.00
KISS10: Tiny niobium stud earrings
US$12.50
Niobium earrings: Small Apostrophe
US$17.50
KISS3: Tiny pseudo-sleeper niobium earrings
US$15.00
14 gauge niobium earrings: Apostrophe
US$23.00
Niobium earrings: Apostrophe in 18 gauge
US$21.00
KISS8: Niobium stud earrings
US$12.50
Niobium earrings: 18 gauge Apostrophe 3 pack
US$50.00
Niobium earrings - blue ombré triangles
US$42.00
KISS10t: Minuscule niobium stud earrings
US$12.50
Small KISS hoops: Black niobium hoop earrings
US$23.00
Niobium earrings: Cane glass triangle drops
US$27.00
Niobium earrings: Apostrophe 3 pack
US$45.00
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5 out of 5 stars
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Deanna

Deanna on Sep 14, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Prompt service and shipping, quality items. Always a pleasure ordering from this seller!

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About

Element41 is Niobium

Niobium is naturally as hypoallergenic as pure gold. I found myself drawn to niobium because I have metal sensitivities myself. Why would I make jewellery that I couldn't wear?

And I love colour. The idea of making plain grey metal turn purple (or pink, or teal, or brilliant blue) right before my eyes is irresistible.

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    I love colour. And I love smacking things with hammers.

Shop policies

Last updated on February 2, 2016
Niobium is used commercially in superconductors, the nuclear industry, jet engines and to alloy steel, among others. However, to shape jewellery from niobium, only low tech tools and techniques can be used. Niobium cannot be soldered, welded or cast in a normal studio environment. But it is easily worked with pliers, hammers, saws – essentially “human powered” tools. This makes niobium a very eco-friendly material. The process of making jewellery does not create any potentially harmful by-products at all – no fumes or vapours, no liquids or solids that require special handling or disposal. It's a very 'green' metal every step of the way from mining through to the finished jewellery that you wear.

If you have questions or concerns about anything in my shop, please feel free to contact me.

If you see something you like but want it in a different colour or size, please feel free to ask and I'll see what I can do.

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  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
For your convenience, I accept payment by PayPal under my registered business names of Madman Incognito and Element41.
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.
Shipping
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.
Refunds and 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 and FAQs
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.