Relief Hoops - (thinner) 22 gauge Niobium Hoop Earrings - Nickel Free Hypoallergenic Earrings - Pretty Sensitive Ears
Relief Hoops - (thinner) 22 gauge Niobium Hoop Earrings - Nickel Free Hypoallergenic Earrings - Pretty Sensitive Ears
Relief Hoops - (thinner) 22 gauge Niobium Hoop Earrings - Nickel Free Hypoallergenic Earrings - Pretty Sensitive Ears
Pretty Sensitive Ears

Relief Hoops - (thinner) 22 gauge Niobium Hoop Earrings - Nickel Free Hypoallergenic Earrings

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These basic hoops are so comfortable you will forget you are wearing earrings at all. These are great for new piercings, for established piercings that have become irritated, or for alleviating piercings between wearing heavy or non-hypoallergenic earrings. These can be worn while sleeping, while doing sea-salt & warm water soaks for healing, or while swimming or bathing. These are an amazing solution to sensitive ear irritation and healing. Being handmade, they may not be perfectly round or perfectly identical to each other. I do try to get them as close as possible though.

The earrings flex to allow the post end to slide into the catch at the back of the ear. (You can visit our blog for a step by step photographic set of instructions on how to wear our Relief Hoops correctly in order to best maintain their shape:

~ Handmade, 100% hypoallergenic and nickel free, small, and light weight hoops.
~ Natural grey color of Niobium.
~ Approximately 0.5 inch (approximately 12.5 mm) in diameter.
~ Niobium wire (22 gauge). This gauge of wire is slightly thinner than standard ear wires (which are typically 20 gauge).

~ Pure Niobium. Completely Hypoallergenic and Nickel Free. Niobium is ultra comfortable. These Niobium hoops feel like you're not wearing earrings at all!

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~ Hypoallergenic and Nickel Free.
~ Standard Free Shipping within the US via First Class Mail.
~ Priority/Express Shipping upgrades available at checkout.
~ International Shipping rates calculated at checkout.
~ Guaranteed not to react, or we’ll take them back within 14 business days for a full refund.

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Here we offer a guide to hypoallergenic metals for earrings for sensitive ears including Niobium, Titanium, Argentium Silver, & Surgical Steel. Discover the qualities of these jewelry metals to determine which is the best hypoallergenic solution for comfort for your sensitive ears.

Jewelry Metals We Offer


Pure Niobium. Nickel Free, Elemental. Niobium is ultra comfortable. Often people remark that they forget they are even wearing earrings while they are wearing Niobium.  We began offering Niobium as a solution for those with metal allergies whose skin reacts badly to other jewelry metals back in 2009 and in all that time after selling thousands of pairs of Niobium earrings, we have only had 2 customers report back with true allergy symptoms.  So it seems in practice that an allergy to Niobium is very rare.


We currently use Commercially Pure Grade 1 Titanium for ear wires, simple stud earrings, and ear nut earring backs. Commercially Pure Grade 1 Titanium is just that - pure, elemental Titanium.  It is therefore Nickel Free.  Like Niobium, it is very comfortable to wear.  It is also very rare to have a Titanium allergy. 

Our Titanium post earrings with Titanium bezels are made from Grade 23 Titanium, made up of 90% Titanium, 6% Aluminum, and 4% Vanadium. This is the grade of Titanium commonly used surgically in the medical field for Titanium left in the body (for example joint replacements, surgical staples, bone fixation devices, and orthopedic pins, screws and cables). This Titanium is considered hypoallergenic and is nickel free.  It is also very comfortable.

Argentium Silver

Argentium Silver (or Argentium Sterling Silver) is used in our prong set post earrings and as bezel settings in some of our post earrings styles.  Argentium Silver is 92.5% silver, 6.3% copper, and 1.2% germanium. It is tarnish free so it will shine for you without the need for periodic polishing. Argentium Silver is nickel free and is very comfortable.

Surgical Steel

Our Surgical Steel (or 316L "Surgical" Stainless Steel) posts and ear wires are made from the 316L alloy of Stainless Steel. This is considered hypoallergenic but it is NOT nickel free. We offer it for those who know they can wear Surgical Steel (and have allergies to other metals not contained it it). 316L contains steel (which is iron with carbon), chromium (for corrosion and scratch resistance), 8-10.5% nickel (for increasing strength and higher and lower temperatures and reducing brittleness), 2-3% molybdenum (for more corrosion resistance), and trace elements that are approximately 0.75% silicon, 0.045% phosphorous, 0.03% sulfur, 2% manganese, and 0.1% nitrogen.  Surgical Steel is dubbed "surgical" because it is used in some instruments used in surgeries because of its durability.

Our Surgical Steel ear nut earring backs are Grade SAE 304 Stainless Steel. SAE 304 contains 18-20% chromium, 8-10.5% nickel, 0.08% carbon, plus iron and trace elements, which include approximately 0.75% silicon, 0.045% phosphorous, 0.03% sulfur, 2% manganese, and 0.1% nitrogen.

How do I know what I am reacting to?

Everyone's body is unique to them.  Likewise, metal allergies vary from person to person - so what is considered hypoallergenic for one person may not be for another person.  For example, for someone with a nickel allergy, jewelry metals would be considered hypoallergenic as long as they do not contain nickel.  For another individual with a gold allergy, the jewelry metals would need to be gold free in order to be considered hypoallergenic.  

Here is a chart that we put together showing common jewelry metals and what metal elements they are made of.  If you know you have had bad reactions to certain jewelry metals, you can look here at what "ingredients" you are potentially allergic or sensitive to.  Keep in mind you could have reactions to more than one!

And, also keep in mind that not all jewelry is marketed / labeled accurately.  See here for more on that issue:

Table showing metal elements contained in jewelry metals to help understand what may be irritating sensitive ears and help select a jewelry metal that does not cause a bad reaction or metal allergy





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