Purple/Turquoise Elara Earrings
• Swarovski crystal
• Gold overlay ear wires
• 1 1/4" l. x 1/2" w.
Niobium - Named for the goddess Niobe, this magical metal is Holly Yashi’s signature material. Like gold and silver, niobium is an element from the natural world. It is rare, precious, and has the working qualities of fine silver. Niobium is extremely strong yet remarkably lightweight, and though naturally a dull grey in color, it possesses a chameleon-like capacity to retain a wide range of vibrant hues. When submersed in a salt-water bath that is charged with an electric current, the niobium oxidizes. The radiant colors unique to the Holly Yashi designs are the metal’s own permanent oxide—not dye or paint—and they will never rub off the jewelry. It is the perfect metal to work with and to wear!
Cleaning and Care
Fingerprints, body oil, lotions, perfumes, and hairspray can all make your jewelry look dull, but niobium can easily be cleaned. To restore your jewelry to its original brilliance, gently buff with glass cleaner or soapy water and a soft cloth. Since many of our pieces are hand treated with tiny glass beads, never use an abrasive material for cleaning, as it may damage the finish. Niobium is completely hypoallergenic, leaves no residue, and with proper care will never tarnish or fade.
Gold overlay was used first by ancient cultures and has been found in many artifacts, used as coins, and worn as jewelry. Holly Yashi’s gold overlay simply refers to a solid brass base finished with a thin surface layer of 24 karat (k) gold. It is extremely durable, easy to take care of, and almost impossible to break. Gold overlay is an alternative jewelry option which allows individuals with metal allergies to wear our jewelry comfortably.
Why do we use gold overlay ear wires?
Aside from providing the beautiful luster of gold at a reasonable price, our gold tone ear wires are 24k gold over a sterling silver base. They help our customers avoid the classic challenges of silver, such as tarnishing, skin sensitivities, and allergies to the nickel content sometimes present in silver. Holly Yashi only uses sterling with the lowest possible nickel content (trace amounts no more than 0.01%), exceeding even the strictest regulations of the highly regarded European Union metal standards.
Cleaning and Care
If desired, a polishing cloth and rubbing alcohol can be used to wipe down the gold overlay ear wire or gold overlay snake necklace chain to remove unwanted build-up from lotions, makeup, or hairspray.