Jewelry Info

What ARE Findings, anyway?


 I thought I would mention a little about this because so many people don’t know what this term means. I had been making jewelry for a few months before I knew. Basically, if it’s not a gemstone, bead, or other major component, it’s a finding. The most common findings are:

  • headpins and eyepins
  • earwires & posts
  • clutches (what holds a post earring on)
  • jump rings and split rings, etc
  •  clasps

 Here is a link to a really good article on the history of findings.

 When it’s at all possible, I make my findings: all my French hook earwires, spiral ear posts, many of my headpins and beaded chain. I have been known to make jump rings, but it’s not practical for me so I generally don’t. I use Argentium half hard round wire, and it is work and tumble hardened.

 I’m developing a new line of copper based jewelry. Some of these findings and components I will make from Copper Art Clay. Most I will probably purchase for now, so as to maintain good quality. I will note on the product page if the findings are hand made.

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