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Jewellery Findings Guide (Two)

Here is a tutorial of sharing you the functions of different kinds of jewelry findings. Hope you will like it and continue reading it from here.

11. CALOTTES

Also described as Bead Tips, Clam Shells and Knot Cups

Calottes are used at the ends of necklaces or bracelets to cover a crushed crimp bead or to hide a knot in cord or stringing wire. They resemble a hollow metal bead, split in two and hinged at the bottom or the side. They have a metal hook or ring at their top for attaching to a clasp and, if hinged at the bottom, a small hole for feeding stringing wire, thread or cord through. Once placed in position they are squeezed gently with a pair of flat nosed pliers to close them. The calotte can then be attached to the loop of a clasp or a jump ring. When used with cord or stringing wire the knot should be placed inside the calotte with a little glue for added security. A seed bead can also be added to the knot for extra anchorage before closing the calottearound both the knot and the bead.

Jewellery Findings - Calottes, Bead Tips, Clam Shells, Knot Cups

13. CHAIN EXTENSIONS & CHAIN EXTENDERS

Also known as Necklace Extenders

Chain Extensions are short lengths of chain added at the ends of necklaces or bracelets to extend the length of the design to provide some adjustability for the wearer.

C14. HAIN TAGS & CLASP TAGS

Chain Tags or Clasp Tags are flat peices of shaped metal, usually square or rectangular, with a hole at either end. They are traditionallly imprinted with a quality stamp or the trademark of a jewellery maker.

Jewellery Findings - Chain Tags, Clasp Tags

15. CHANDELIER FINDINGS & DROPPERS

Chandelier Components and Droppers are designed with integrated hanging loops for creating beaded dangles and multi tiered designs for earrings, necklaces or pendants. Chandelier findings allow glass beads, embellishments, pearls or stones to be easily attached with jump rings or jewellery wire loops, adding interest, fluidity and movement to a jewellery design.

16. CHARM HANGERS & CHARM HOLDERS

Charm Hangers are simple jewellery components which can be attached to a necklace chain or cord with a jump ring or bail. The bottom portion of the holder can be opened to add an individual charm or a selection of different charms. They are also called Charm Holders.

17. CLAM SHELLS

Also called Bead Tips, Calottes, and Knot Cups

Clam Shells are used at the ends of necklaces or bracelets to cover a crushed crimp bead or to hide a knot in cord or stringing wire. They resemble a hollow metal bead, split in two and hinged at the bottom or the side. They have a metal hook or ring at their top for attaching to a clasp and, if hinged at the bottom, a small hole for feeding stringing wire, thread or cord through. Once placed in position they are squeezed gently with a pair of flat nosed pliers to close them. The clam shell can then be attached to the loop of a clasp or a jump ring. When used with cord or stringing wire the knot should be placed inside the clam shell with a little glue for added security. A seed bead can also be added to the knot for extra anchorage before closing theclam shell around both the knot and the bead.

Jewellery Findings - Calottes, Bead Tips, Clam Shells, Knot Cups

18. CLASPS & TOGGLES

Jewellery Clasps and Toggles are closures for necklaces or bracelets which can be simple or decorative in style. Thought should to be given to selecting the right jewellery fastener for each inidividual design, factoring in the weight a clasp will need to bear as well as the number of strands that might need to be supported. Another consideration to keep in mind is the appearance and value of the end piece, ensuring the choice of closure complements the overall design rather than detracting from it. It is also worth noting that a clasp does not have to sit discreetly at the back of the neck, as many clasps are decorative enough to form the focus of a piece. The following list details the main clasp designs available but there are many variations within these.

19. Ball & Socket Clasps

Also described as Button Clasps, Snap Clasps and Trailer Hitch Clasps

Ball & Socket Clasps are snap closures, with one side of the clasp featuring a raised ball over which the ring element of the clasp is placed before being pushed down. An inner metal collar within the ring provides the secure closure as it passes over the ball. By design these clasps offer some lateral movement with the ring able to move horizontally within the clasp.

Jewellery Findings - Trailer Hitch Clasps, Ball Socket Clasps, Button Clasps, Snap Clasps

20. Barrel Clasps

Also known as Torpedo Clasps

Cylindrically shaped Barrel Clasps either have a simple screw thread closure or are held together magnetically. They are ideal for graduated necklaces where a string of beads is reduced down towards the point of closure thereby giving a clean line to the finish point. Whilst giving a good level of security they are also relatively easy to open and close making them perfect for those that find other clasps difficult or fiddly to use. Magnetic clasps should not be worn by those who are pregnant, uses a pacemaker, a pacemaker defibrillator, an insulin pump or an electric insulin device.

Jewellery Findings - Barrel Clasps, Torpedo Clasps, Screw Clasps

21. Box Clasps

Also called Pearl Clasps

On one side of these Box Clasps there is a hinged closure, a push in sprung tongue, or a fish hook like bar. This element is pushed home, compressed and locked into the box or housing on the other side of the closure. Because traditionally they were used for higher end jewellery pieces, such as pearl necklaces, it is common for these clasps to have the added security of a safety catch to keep both elements together, often in the form of a figure of eight wire locking bar and pin. Over time the effectiveness of the sprung elements of these fasteners may be reduced but a simple remedy is to widen the hook or tongue so that it produces more tension when being pushed home. These decorative closures are of a classic design and bring vintage elegance to both single and multi string jewellery pieces.

23. Button Clasps

Also described as Ball & Socket Clasps, Snap Clasps, and Trailer Hitch Clasps

Button Clasps are snap closures, with one side of the clasp featuring a raised ball over which the ring element of the clasp is placed before being pushed down. An inner metal collar within the ring provides the secure closure as it passes over the ball. By design these clasps offer some lateral movement with the ring able to move horizontally within the clasp.

Jewellery Findings - Trailer Hitch Clasps, Ball Socket Clasps, Button Clasps, Snap Clasps

24. Figure Of Eight Safety Catch

Figure Of Eight Catches are a safety component in which a figure of eight or hour glass shaped hinged wire snaps over a pin. It is used in addition to the closure on the catch and is typically employed with more expensive pieces of jewellery.

Jewellery Findings - Clasp Safety Catch

25. Fish Hook Clasps

Fish Hook Clasps are a type of necklace clasp that has a hook like element that fits into the main body of the clasp to secure it.

26. Foldover Clasps

Foldover Clasps are a strong, functional snap shut fastener, similar in design to those used on metal watch bracelets. They have a hinged front face which can be raised to allow a loop or ring to be placed within the body of the clasp before being closed down on to a pressure tab that keeps the clasp securely closed. By design they take a degree of effort to open them and are therefore far better suited to bracelets than necklaces.