These post earrings are created from a LUFKIN RULE COMPANY ruler No.1178. They are made of steel and have a sterling silver post and sterling silver ear backs. There is a patina added to the sterling silver wire elements. They have been dipped in beeswax to offer a protecting coating from rust.
**These are STEEL. The protective coating will eventually wear off, and any type of wax can be added back to protect the steel from rust. This will take any length of time, and depends on the activity of the wearer, but needs to be noted, since they are NOT waterproof for all of eternity. Never wear your earrings in the water. If you have sensitive ears, I would recommend the Dangle style earrings here.