Niobium is a metal that resembles titanium in several ways, but is heavier and more expensive to produce than titanium. It is a metal that is not commonly found used in body jewerly and for medical purposes.
Niobium must be 100% pure niobium or else there is a risk of causing allergic reactions when used on the body. Due to this reason, niobium does not meet ASTM standards.
This said, ALL Anatometal Niobium jewelry uses only 100% niobium for all their niobium jewelry.
It has been proven that niobium jewerly is safe to use as body jewelry which does not cause chemical reactions with bodily fluids or blood when used. Similar to Titanium, it generally does not cause allergic reactions. （※There have been cases reported where some get allergic reactions. The majority of these cases are due to jewelry that doesn’t use 100% pure niobium. If you are unsure, please have a niobium allergy test before using the jewelry.)
Niobium, like Titanium, can also be anodized to a variety of colors. It also includes 2 colors, Black and Opalescent, that titanium cannot be anodized to. It also has a “oxide film” on the surface that prevents the metal ions from melting. This film is further strengthened by the anodizing which makes it even safer to use as body jewelry.
How to care for your Niobium Jewelry
You must autoclave your niobium jewelry when used in your initial piercing.
When using it in a healed piercing, wash your jewerly with soap and warm water and wipe it down with Propanol or other alcohol.
After wearing it for awhile, remember to wash it often in the shower. Please don’t leave soap or shampoo on the piercing, which can cause irritation and problems. Take off your jewelry at times and wash your piercing and your jewelry with warm water.
Please note that disinfectant, cleaner or chlorine can corrode niobium.
To learn more about anodization and the different colors that niobium can be anodized to, please click here.