This pair of earrings was created from a few spools of Argentium silver wire and iolite, grey and white moonstone rondelle gems. These hoops have are approximately 1.25" in diameter.
Argentium® Silver is the highest grade sterling silver made. It is made with germanium alloy rather than copper so that it is highly tarnish-resistant. Germanium, copper and other metals are added to fine silver for strength since silver is a very soft metal. It is also hypo-allergenic, which is why I use it for most of my ear wires.