I choose Argentium Silver because it is resistant to tarnish, it’s hypoallergenic, and is made with reclaimed silver. This necklace is designed as a relatively rigid ring of metal. It is work-hardened along the entire length but will still bend to a degree. This allows for the owner to fine tune the fit. This is important: it will probably not fit you perfectly as each neck is different. This was 8-gauge round wire until I hammered the heck out of it. To make the circle at the bottom, I bent the wire around and over itself, hammering the join flat. Finally, I soldered the join and added a washer to the back, which increases the overall strength. At the widest point in the middle, it is 5.12” (131 mm). The necklace weighs 0.8 ounces (22.6 g) and it’s hammer marks catch the light at interesting angles. For an item 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.