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International Gem & Jewelry Show

 Announcement 

AZ Findings is excited to announce it will be at the International Gem & Jewelry Show the weekend of May 18th-20th in Chantilly, Virginia. The International Gem & Jewelry Show is one of the largest and the longest running jewelry shows in America, so it is a great opportunity for our customers to see our products in person.  We are offering fliers that are good for a complimentary admission for two, so if you are interested in one, please contact us.  We only have so many so it is on a first-come-first-serve basis. More details about the show can be found on its website: www.InterGem.com.  We hope to see you there!

Sliding Beads

Sliding Beads

 

Sliding beads are the perfect finding for jewelry makers who want their pieces to be customizable and unique. This is due to the sliding beads inner silicone layer that has the ability to grip and clutch chain but allows for the bead to be repositioned easily.  The silicone provides the flexibility to change the length and style of a necklace or bracelet and can eliminate the need for a clasp. A designer does not need to be limited to using chain, as wire and leather work well with sliding beads also.  The bolo style bracelet and necklace are the perfect example of the sliding bead’s capabilities. 

Below are pictures demonstrating the bolo style with a sterling silver sliding bead:   

Sliding Bead on Bracelet
 This bracelet's fit can be adjusted with the double holed sterling silver slider bead.  

 

Sliding Bead down on necklace Sliding bead up on necklace Sliding bead chain up and down

The above pictures display how a sliding bead can be used to change the style and length of a necklace.  The sliding bead or chain getting repositioned results in 3 different looks.  

 

You can find our wholesale sterling silver sliding bead by following this link:  http://www.azfindings.com/sterling-silver-findingssliding-beads-with-silicone-double-hole-stopper-beads-1-piece

 

Magnetic Clasps for Jewelry Making

Magnetic Clasps

Clasps are an essential part of most jewelry making, not only for their design but more importantly for their functionality.  Some clasps are better suited than others for certain designs and use.  A popular clasp is the spring ring clasp because it blends easily in with most designs. It is strong yet delicate, so it can be used on heavy necklaces to lightweight bracelets, but a downside to that can be it is harder to manipulate and fasten for the user.  Another popular clasp is the lobster clasp, which resembles a lobster’s claw.  This clasp is self-closing in its design but it too can be cumbersome like the spring ring.

A great and more easy to use alternative to these popular clasps are magnetic clasps.  Magnetic clasps use attracting magnets to lock two ends of a piece of jewelry together.  Medium strength magnets are typically used to provide security when the piece is snapped together, but not too much force to make it impossible for the wearer to pull it apart. This is especially useful for bracelet wearers who have access to only one hand while putting a bracelet on.   Not only do everyday jewelry wearers benefit from the simplicity of a magnetic clasp but the elderly and people with limited dexterity do too. There are also some who believe magnets aid in arthritis and joint inflammation, so they wear magnetic jewelry for its therapeutic purpose.  Magnetic clasps have also become trendy in the athletic community as a safer option than the typical clasp.  If the jewelry piece were to become hooked or caught on something it could unclasp quickly without doing harm to the person wearing it, or the piece itself.

Sterling Silver magnetic claspSterling Silver Magnetic Clasp Ball Shaped Closed
sterling silver necklace with magnetic claspsterling silver bracelet with magnetic clasp

Due to the above reasons, many jewelry supplies wholesalers have come to recognize the need to offer magnetic clasps in their jewelry findings. Sterling silver magnetic clasps are very fashionable today but more metal options, sizes, and styles are being introduced as designers incorporate them into more jewelry pieces.

At AZ Findings we offer an attractive sterling silver magnetic clasp toggle.  It is ball-shaped with a smooth and shiny finish. You can find it at the following link:

Sterling Silver Smooth Ball Shaped Magnetic Clasp

http://www.azfindings.com/sterling-silver-smooth-shiny-ball-clasp-magnetic-clasp-toggle-set-8mm-sold-per-1-set