Niobium jewelry is body jewelry made of niobium. While it is not as common as body jewelry made of Surgical Steel, titanium of 14k gold, niobium piercing jewelry is gorgeous and offers some advantages to other materials. Niobium is a very beautiful body jewelry material that produces gorgeous pieces. One of the best things about niobium as a body jewelry material is that it’s inert, which means that it can’t cause allergies. This is ideal for sensitive users looking for hypo-allergenic body jewelry. Another great thing about niobium body jewelry is that it comes in many different vibrant colors. Just like titanium, niobium can be anodized to produce numerous colors. One advantage to titanium is that it can produce black color. Niobium is a very safe material so it’s good for new piercings in healing.
However, there are also certain disadvantages to niobium that you might want to consider. First of all, niobium is a very soft metal. It means that it cannot be lathed for threading. As a result, most body jewelry pieces made of niobium are those without threading, such as Captive Bead Rings and other ring types. Another disadvantage to niobium is the weight: this metal is relatively heavy – heavier than Surgical Steel and titanium. This should not cause problems (in fact, some people prefer heavier jewelry) but it is definitely something to keep in mind when choosing your body jewelry material.