I choose Argentium Silver because it is resistant to tarnish, it’s hypoallergenic, and is made with reclaimed silver. I flattened 8-gauge wire from two different angles. The results are 'waves' that flow along the earring. The finish is mostly smooth with light hammer marks throughout. They are fairly long at 2.2" (56 mm) long, 0.175" (5 mm) wide, and weigh 4.3 g each. For work like this, I take new photos for each piece. What you see in the pictures is exactly what you will receive if you order. The following description of Argentium Silver is courtesy of Rio Grande: Made with a touch of germanium, Argentium® Silver presents a bright white color that is closer to fine silver than traditional sterling, yet is highly resistant to firescale and less likely to tarnish under most conditions. It welds flawlessly and is ideal for fusing techniques. All Argentium is made from reclaimed silver and its sources are guaranteed by Argentium International Ltd. Your customers will appreciate the value and convenience of brighter-white sterling silver designs that resist tarnishing and keep on shining.