Jewellery making is an intricate form of expression that involves a multifaceted process. Alongside design and raw materials such as precious metals and diamonds or gemstones are equally important components that make up a jewellery piece – findings.
These small parts such as clasps, rings or links are indispensable elements of jewellery manufacturing. They come in a variety of metal alloys, shapes and sizes. Owing to buyers’ rising penchant for individuality, producers are now offering modern and high-tech items including magnetic clasps as well as gem-studded findings that become part of the overall jewellery design.
According to award-winning UK-based jewellery tools provider Cooksongold, there are different types of findings that suit every jewellery maker’s needs and design preference.
These include clasps, earring findings, safety chains, collets, chain ends as well as split, jump and bolt rings, among others.
Clasps, also called fasteners, are used to secure a necklace or bracelet. They are available in a range of shapes such as oval, round or tube. Findings for earrings meanwhile include wires, studs, screws and scrolls.
Rings have different but similarly important functions: Jump rings are small metal hoops that connect two items together sans soldering while bolt rings can fasten chains, necklaces and pendants. Split rings are more secure since they double over, similar to a keyring, according to Cooksongold.