Handcrafted Niobium Jewelry made in the USA

Niobium: What is Niobium and How is it Used in Jewelry

Niobium is a rare, soft, and ductile transition metal with the chemical symbol Nb, known for its high melting point, superconducting properties, and resistance to corrosion. It is primarily used in the production of high-strength steel alloys for pipelines, jet engines, and automotive components, as well as in superconducting magnets for MRI machines and particle accelerators. Niobium's properties also make it valuable in electronics, aerospace, and nuclear industries.

In jewelry, niobium is prized for its hypoallergenic properties, making it suitable for people with metal allergies. Niobium can be anodized to create a wide range of vibrant colors without the need for additional paints or dyes. This coloring process involves submerging the niobium in an electrolytic solution and applying an electric current, which forms a thin oxide layer on the surface. The thickness of this oxide layer determines the color that is reflected, resulting in a spectrum of hues from blues and purples to greens and yellows, making niobium jewelry both unique and visually striking.

Caring for niobium jewelry is relatively easy due to its durable and hypoallergenic nature. To keep niobium pieces looking their best, regularly clean them with a mild soap and warm water solution, gently scrubbing with a soft cloth or toothbrush to remove any dirt or oils. Rinse thoroughly and dry with a soft cloth to avoid water spots. Avoid exposing niobium jewelry to harsh chemicals or abrasive materials that could damage its surface. When not in use, store your niobium jewelry in a soft pouch or a separate compartment to prevent scratching and keep it looking vibrant and new.

Our collection of niobium jewelry is handmade by Holly Hosterman in her studio in Arcata, California. For over 40 years, Holly has been making beautiful jewelry with her signature metal, niobium. Visit our Holly Yashi Collection today.

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