These paper bead earrings are made from strips cut from a road map of Arizona.They are rolled and then coated with a water resistant finish. This finish protects them and also gives them a nice shine. The turquoise colored glass beads and copper wire continue the Arizona theme. The length excluding the earwires is 1 1/2 inches. The ear wires are handcrafted with copper wire. If you would prefer silver-filled wires with a copper coil, just let us know when you order. All of our items come in a pretty organza gift bag. If you are not familiar with silver filled wire, this is the description from one of the websites where I purchase my wire supplies. "Silver filled wire is a beautiful wire that can be used to create a multitude of wire wrap jewelry pieces. It is made up of an everlasting outer layer of sterling silver encasing a red brass alloy core. Silver filled wire is a high quality wire product that's sure to please everyone! There are many similarities between sterling silver, Argentium® and silver filled wire. Silver filled wire can be used just like sterling silver, and is even non-allergenic like sterling silver. If you're typically allergic to plated jewelry then silver filled wire is ideal for you. All of the things you love about sterling silver, gold filled and Argentium®, you'll love about silver filled wire." The sterling silver comprises 10% of the total weight of the wire which is a coating hundreds of times thicker than silver plate. It will never "rub off" with use.