Earrings made with stainless steel wire dangle 1 1/2 inches or 3.8 cm. Stainless steel sometimes works better for ears too sensitive for gold or silver plated wire. Stainless steel is a slightly darker gray wire. These oval hoop earrings are so light you will not feel yourself wearing them. The longer ear wire in the back keeps earrings from falling out. Earrings come with optional earring backs for a more secure fit.