Superconducting

earwireNiobium

Today was a great day. For one, it was my day off and two, I found these beautiful Niobium earring wires at Pam’s Bead Garden. As I imagined how these would work well with my copper jewelry designs, I placed them in my hand and saw this image. They were positioned magically into symmetry! Immediately I saw a butterfly. What do you see? After deciding to photograph and submit them to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Symmetry,” I found more information about the metal and its many amazing uses in medical devices such as pacemakers.

Niobium earring wire hooks are hypoallergenic and naturally nickel-free, which means that most people with metal allergies can wear them without irritation. Niobium earring findings are also corrosion resistant and scratch-resistant.

Niobium is used in various superconducting materials. These superconducting alloys, also containing titanium and tin, are widely used in the magnets of MRI scanners. Other applications of niobium include its use in welding, nuclear industries, electronics, optics, numismatics, and jewelry. In the last two applications, niobium’s low toxicity and ability to be colored by anodization are particular advantages.

Thank you for reading, You are truly amazing. Yes you!

~~Tresa

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