Because of the extraordinary rise in the price of silver, I, like many jewelry makers, am seeking alternative metals to use in the jewelry I make as well as the jewelry I purchase for your pleasure. Aluminium is a great alternative to silver. It is extremely lightweight allowing you to wear those big, very fashionable earrings! It is also easy to maintain: simply wipe with a microfiber cloth. All earwires are surgical stainless steel, the neck cords are waxed cotton, clasps are silver plate. These pieces are made in Albuquerque, NM.