Do you ever wonder how long your jewelry will last before it starts to wear? It’s important to know how long a piece can be expected to last. A lot of that starts with the type of jump rings, or wire, you use. Solid metals don’t have a coating that can wear off, but they are often much more expensive and are able to tarnish. With solid metals you’re also limited by the colors of the actual metal. Coated, plated, filled, and anodized wire solve many of these issues. Gold Filled and Silver Filled wires allow you to work with precious metals at a much more reasonable cost. Non-Tarnish wire allows you to work with solid metal without having to worry about it tarnishing or oxidizing. Enamel Coated Copper and Anodized Aluminum wire come in every color imaginable. Anodized Niobium and Titanium are colorful and strong hypoallergenic metals that I absolutely adore.
With the benefits of coated, plated, and enameled wire come the downside of the coating eventually wearing off. With 24/7 wear you can expect these coatings to last between 1-6 months. Fine silver copper core lasts a little longer because of a thicker coating.
Gold and Silver Filled wire has a much much thicker coating than plated metal, and might go your whole life without wearing through. Gold Filled wire lasts longer than Silver Filled because it is a more durable metal.
You can use this chart to estimate how long the wire and jump rings you buy from my store will last. These numbers are based on 24/7 wear in a bracelet. The lifetime will increase with less frequent wear, or in jewelry exposed to less abrasion, such as earrings. These are worst case scenario numbers because few people actually wear jewelry 24/7. In reality your numbers should be higher than these.