Get inspired with design ideas featuring our wire wrapped pearls.
Get inspired with design ideas featuring our wire wrapped pearls.
Stud earrings are simple earrings that consist of a straight post that goes through the ear piercing and has a small adornment of a stone, metal ball, or shape that is attached. The first earrings you wear after piercing, studs create the illusion that the adornment is floating on an earlobe, as the post and backs are not visible. Common backs that keep the posts in place are butterfly backs, also known as friction backs, or screw backs, that literally screw onto the post.
Basic Jewelry Findings Terms
Findings: The component parts and materials used to complete a piece of jewelry.
Bail: Components used to easily attach pendants or charms to a chain without the soldering being required.
Bead: A small, often rounded piece, with a hole through it so it can be strung. Beads can be made from a variety of materials.
Bead Cap: A metal ornament, which is used to highlight beads and turn them into a focal piece. They are also used to cover up any imperfections or damage around the drilled hole of the bead.
Bezel: A metal ring that holds a stone in its setting.
Cabochon: A highly polished gemstone used in bezel settings. They have a curved top and flat bottom to allow them to sit in the settings.
Clasp: A device that allows the two ends of a chain to close together. They can be functional and decorative, coming in many styles and shapes.
-Lobster Claw Clasp: With the look of a lobster claw, it has a rounded top with a self-closing bottom hinge that opens when a small lever is pushed.
-Spring Ring Clasp: A round hollow ring with an inner wire that is opened and closed by pulling and releasing a lever on its side.
-Magnetic Clasp: Attracting magnets on each end are used to close securely and open easily.
-Toggle Clasp: Has a bar that is pulled through a ring and cannot pass through again, making it secure.
Crimp Bead: A small round or tubular hollow bead that is secured to jewelry by flattening it with pliers. Often times they are used to secure clasps or floating beads on stringing material.
Earwire: A curved and looped piece of wire that is one part of an earring. The curved part fits through the piercing of an ear and a loop is used to dangle a decorative finding.
Faceted Stone: A polished gemstone with many flat cut surfaces called facets. This helps the gem reflect light, making it look brighter and shimmer.
Gauge: The thickness measurement of wire or metal. The higher the number is, the smaller the size.
Gold Filled: Legally required to contain 1/20 gold by weight and more valuable than gold plated. It will not tarnish or fade over time like gold plated due to a different bonding process.
Gold Plated: Covering another type of metal with a thin layer of gold using electroplating.
Half-drilled Bead: A bead that only has a hole halfway through it and can be glued onto metal pegs to create charms, pendants or stud earrings.
Jump Rings: Small, round connectors used in jewelry making.
-Open Jump Rings: Have a divide in the wire that can be pried open and closed using pliers.
-Closed Jump Rings: Cannot be opened as they are soldered shut. They are ideal for projects that require a stronger connector for heavy or expensive pieces.
Oxidization: A reaction that occurs when sterling silver is exposed to oxygen, sulfur, and moisture in the air over time that results in a dark tarnish on its surface. Some jewelers purposely give a black patina to sterling silver by using chemicals to speed the process up.
Pave: Tiny gemstones set close to one another with no visible metal that results in a “paved” stone surface look.
Pins: Straight pieces of wire, which can come in many gauges and lengths.
-Ball Pins: Have a small ball at the end to prevent beads from sliding off. Loops can be created with pliers to attach to other findings.
-Eye Pins: Have a small loop at the end. The loop can be attached to other findings to make longer pieces.
-Head Pins: Have a flat or round end that keeps beads from sliding off. Loops can be created with pliers to attach to other findings.
Quality Tag: A small, flat piece of metal that has the metal quality stamp or trademark of the manufacturer or artisan. They usually have a hole on each end to easily attach to the chain with jump rings.
Rhodium Plating: Done like gold plating with electroplating, rhodium plating is used to prevent scratching or tarnishing on sterling silver. Rhodium is a precious metal of the platinum family and is also a good option for those with nickel allergies as it is hypoallergenic.
Rose Gold: Done like gold plating with electroplating, rose gold is a combination of specific amounts of silver, copper, and gold.
Slider Bead: A bead with an inner silicone layer that allows the bead to grip chain or cord. The silicone allows the bead to stay in place while also making it easy to adjust its position if needed.
Sterling Silver: An alloy of silver with a silver content of 92.5%silver. The remaining 7.5% is of other metals.
Wire wrapping: Using wire around a bead, stone, other findings, or itself, to create pendants, charms, or decorative patterns for jewelry pieces.
Vermeil: Vermeil is a combination of sterling silver and gold, usually a sterling silver core with thicker gold plating of 2.5 micron thickness.
Explore all of the findings AZ Findings has to offer: https://www.azfindings.com/wholesale-jewelry-findings
Finding the right necklace length can be frustrating, especially if you love a particular chain but can only wear it with certain necklines or pendants. Adjustable necklaces are the perfect solution and can help make a more versatile jewelry collection. Below are several types of adjustable necklaces and the pros and cons of each one.
The first type of adjustable necklace is the classic chain with extender rings. It consists of a thin chain with jump rings located at the 18”, 20”, and 22” point. This type has more cons than pros as it can only adjust to a few fixed lengths. It is also more burdensome to create, therefore more expensive, because it requires 2 inch chain pieces to be soldered or attached with jump rings at each length point. Another con is the extra dangling chain can be an eyesore and easily tangle up.
The next type of adjustable necklace is the necklace with extender chain. This is a regular necklace chain with an attached 2-4 inch piece of a larger link chain. This allows for more size options than the first, as this type can be adjusted to any length between 18 inches and 22 inches. It is also a more cost effective option than the first since it is easier to make. One con to the extender chain is that if it is not matched well with the regular necklace chain, it can look awkward. It can also be tiresome to adjust to the right length, having to open the clasp and close it on different links if you need to alter it.
Another type is the adjustable necklace with slider bead. This necklace is made by attaching a slider bead with silicone at one end and running the other chain end through it. A tag or charm can then be fixed to the chain end to prevent it from sliding out. Adding the tag or charm is not only practical but it allows the necklace to be more fashionable and customizable. Another great perk of the adjustable necklace with slider bead is that any necklace length is possible, from choker to 36 inches. It can be adjusted on the go with just a pull and without fumbling with a clasp. The only major con is that the necklace link has to be small and thin enough to fit into the slider bead’s limited hole size.
Lastly, there is an adjustable necklace with a two hole sliding bead. Both chain ends can be pulled through the two silicone filled sliding bead holes to alter the length, and anything from pendants to tassels can be added on the chain ends to keep them in place. This popular style, also known as a lariat, allows for more unique design opportunities and again is easy to adjust like the slider bead necklace. The same con of the slider bead necklace can also apply here, the chain link size is limited to the hole sizes of the slider bead.
Adjustable necklaces are growing in popularity, proving that they are more stylish, affordable, and simple to use than fixed length necklaces. AZ Findings offers adjustable necklaces, as well as the jewelry findings used to create them, at great wholesale prices. Check them out on our website here: https://www.azfindings.com/adjustable-chain-necklace
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!
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.
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: