I begin by bending and forging a loop into a length of 8-gauge round wire. After annealing, I then straighten and hammer around a few mandrels to get the right shape. It is mostly smooth, but there are very light hammer marks around the loop at the top. It measures 2.5" (64 mm) wide, and best fits a size 7"to 7.25" wrist. These are made from the same length of stock wire. Please allow for slight differences when ordering. I promise the same quality with each and every one. I choose Argentium Silver because it is resistant to tarnish, it’s hypoallergenic, and is made with reclaimed silver. 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.