Caring for Your Niobium Jewelry
Niobium is rare and many refer to it as a semi-precious metal, if not a precious metal. Niobium is a pure elemental metal (element 41 on the Periodic Table of Elements, in fact!) and unlike other precious jewelry metals such as silver and gold, it is not mixed with any other metals to improve its color or durability. It is an incredible material for jewelry because it is ultra-comfortable and hypoallergenic, once again because it is not mixed with the other metals that often induce allergic reactions for people. Furthermore, Niobium is non-reactive, meaning it does not create a tarnished surface. If you have had to polish your sterling silver, you can appreciate this fact.
The surface of Niobium is naturally gray and shiny. After much wear it can become dulled a bit with residue build-up, especially if it has come into contact with sweat, oils, or beauty products (like hairspray, lotion, perfumes, etc.). As a proactive strategy, I would like to recommend the “last on, first off” strategy for keeping your jewelry as clean as possible. This means put it on after you’ve done your hair and makeup and take it off when you get home first thing.
Cleaning your Niobium jewelry is recommended for hygienic reasons as well as to remove any build up and return its shiny surface. It is very simple and requires materials you probably already have at home. Please note: if your Niobium jewelry also has gemstones or pearls, it is not advised to submerge the pieces into water or to soak them.
Instructions for Cleaning Niobium Jewelry
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Two soft cloths
- A small bowl
- Warm water
- Dishwashing soap (like Dawn)
- For Niobium jewelry with gemstones / pearls, use a clean, dry soft cloth to gently wipe away any dirt / build-up / smudges on the surfaces of any gemstones or pearls on your Niobium jewelry.
- Fill the small bowl with warm water and add dishwashing soap. Mix the soap into the warm water.
- For Niobium jewelry with gemstones / pearls, dip the cloth into the soapy water and use it to gently scrub and wash the Niobium parts of the jewelry taking care not to get the soapy water on the gemstones / pearls. For Niobium jewelry that doesn't have any gemstones / pearls, place the jewelry into the soapy water and leave it to soak for a few minutes before using the soft cloth to gently scrub the surfaces.
- Rinse your soft cloth and wipe the soapy Niobium surfaces clear of any soapy water.
- Use the second soft cloth to dry and gently polish the Niobium surfaces of the jewelry by rubbing the cloth across the surfaces a few times.
- Enjoy! Repeat this process as needed every so often to keep your Niobium jewelry looking beautiful and to keep your ear piercings clean and feeling good.
Take care ~ XOXO ~ Amanda Jensen