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Jewellery Findings Guide A to Z

A jewellery findings guide from A to Z providing illustrations and descriptions detailing each type of jewellery finding. This guide to jewellery findings focuses on the jewellery components used to bring structure and interest to your beaded designs by connecting, embellishing, finishing, or spacing the beads within your piece to achieve a finished and professional look. Most modern jewellery findings are available in both precious and base metals, including brass, solid copper and sterling silver, as well as plated metals such as gold plated and silver plated. To these metal jewellery findings can be added a variety of applied finishes such as antique copper, antique silver, black antique, bronze and gunmetal.

If you are planning to buy jewellery findings Big Bead Little Bead offers both Contemporary Jewellery Findings and Vintage Jewellery Findings in a variety of jewellery finding styles, sizes and finishes.


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BAILS

Also known as Pendant Bails

Bails are used to connect and position a pendant onto a necklace using clips, glue or a ring embedded in the pendant itself. It is meant to slide onto the chain rather than to be soldered to it so that the pendant is not permanently part of the chain.

Jewellery Findings - Pendant Bails

BEAD CAPS

Also called Bell Caps

Bead Caps are used to accentuate and frame beads whilst ensuring a decorative professional finish. These versatile findings can be plain in design or ornamental, with surface decoration, fluting, as well as cutouts and filigree work, allowing more of the beads surface to show through. As a general rule more decorative bead caps should be paired with plainer beads. They can be used to cap both ends of a bead or just one, with the latter creating an acorn effect. On a functional level they can be used to reduce down larger bead holes to prevent head pins slipping through, or to cover damage around a bead hole. There are no rules when it comes to matching bead caps to beads by size, being a case of experimentation to achieve the desired look for any particular design.

Jewellery Findings - Bead Caps, Bell Caps

BEAD CONES

Also described as Cone Ends

Bead Cones are metal cone shaped jewellery findings that are used to secure and cover the ends of several strands of beading.

Jewellery Findings - Bead Cones, Cone Ends

BELL CAPS

Also known as Bead Caps

Bell Caps are used to accentuate and frame beads whilst ensuring a decorative professional finish. These versatile findings can be plain in design or ornamental, with surface decoration, fluting, as well as cutouts and filigree work, allowing more of the beads surface to show through. As a general rule more decorative bell caps should be paired with plainer beads. They can be used to cap both ends of a bead or just one, with the latter creating an acorn effect. On a functional level they can be used to reduce down larger bead holes to prevent head pins slipping through, or to cover damage around a bead hole. There are no rules when it comes to matching bell caps to beads by size, being a case of experimentation to achieve the desired look for any particular design.

Jewellery Findings - Bead Caps, Bell Caps

BEAD TIPS

Also called Calottes, Clam Shells and Knot Cups

Bead Tips 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 bead tip 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 bead tip with a little glue for added security. A seed bead can also be added to the knot for extra anchorage before closing the bead tip around both the knot and the bead.

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

BOOKMARKS

Bookmark findings are typically embellished with a combination of beads, chain, charms or ribbons, all dangling down from a single hanging loop to great decorative effect. They are usually made of metal and can be plain, inscribed with patterns, or moulded in the style of feathers, leaves and other long thin page keeping designs.

Jewellery Findings - Decorative Bookmarks

BRACELETS & BANGLES

Bracelet Frames, bangles and cuff bracelet blanks provide an ideal foundation for adding cabochons, charms, crystals and glass beads, as well as for wire work. These jewellery findings include bangles with cabochon settings, cuff bracelet frames, elasticated chain bracelets perfect for charms, decorative filigree bracelet frames and wire bracelet frames. Although the wrist band of these jewellery blanks are pre-formed they usually have a degree of malability within the metal to allow them to be better shaped or sized to fit individual wrists.

Jewellery Findings - Bracelets, Bangles, Cuffs, Wire Bracelet Frames

BROOCHES & BROOCH BACKS

Brooch Backs and Brooch Pins typically consist of a plate or wire sat directly above a safety style pin used for attaching these findings to clothes or hats. They can have decorative elements such as cabochon settings, filigree elements or bead hanging loops as found on kilt pin brooches. More functional brooch findings can be added directly to the back of jewellery designs using bars, brooch bases or sieve plates. They are a perfect base for wire work and artistic embellishment.

Jewellery Findings - Brooches, Brooch Pins

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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 calotte around both the knot and the bead.

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

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.

Jewellery Findings - Chain Extenders, Necklace Extenders

CHAIN 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

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.

Jewellery Findings - Chandelier Findings, Droppers

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.

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 the clam shell around both the knot and the bead.

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

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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

Jewellery Findings - Box Clasps, Pearl Clasps

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

Jewellery Findings - Fish Hook Clasps

  • 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.

Jewellery Findings - Foldover Clasps

  • Guard Chains

Guard Chains are small chains, several centimetres in length, that are attached at one end of a necklace or bracelet close to the clasp, and at the other end to a loop or chain link on the oppossite end of the piece. It is used as a fail safe device in case the clasp fails open unexpectedly, ensuring that the item of jewellery does not fall away from the wearer unnoticed.

  • Hidden Screw Clasps

Also known as Ivory Clasps

Hidden Screw Clasps are a necklace fastening that consists of two short barrels with screws that connect together to form a secure closure. Each part of the clasp is partially embedded in to a bead or pearl so that when the two parts of the closure are screwed together the clasp closes to form a rounded bead.

Jewellery Findings - Hidden Screw Clasps, Ivory Clasps

  • Hook And Eye Clasps

Simple by design, these Hook And Eye Clasps are, as their name suggests, made up of two elements, namely a hook and an eye. The hook element is attached to one end of the jewellery piece with the eye at the other end and the clasp is secured by catching the hook within the eye. These closures can be simple wire forms or more decorative and with a suitably gauged jewellery wire they are very easy to fashion. They are perfect with heavier designs as the added weight ensures that gravity keeps the clasp closed.

Jewellery Findings - Hook Eye Clasps

  • Ivory Clasps

Also called Hidden Screw Clasps

Ivory Clasps are a necklace fastening that consists of two short barrels with screws that connect together to form a secure closure. Each part of the clasp is partially embedded in to a bead or pearl so that when the two parts of the closure are screwed together the clasp closes to form a rounded bead.

Jewellery Findings - Hidden Screw Clasps, Ivory Clasps

  • La Loop Findings

La Loop Findings are an open ring or split ring that has two swival findings attached. When a neck chain or cord is attached to the swivals it allows a pair of eyeglasses to be attached and has the effect of reducing twists and tangles.

  • Lanyard Clasps & J Hooks

Lanyard Clasps or lanyard clips operate in the same way as a lobster clasp but without the aid of a mechanism. Instead this closure is opened by applying inward pressure with the thumb against an overlap of wire where the fastener opens. The tempered metal ensures that once released the clasp opening will spring back to the closed position, with the overlap ensuring everything remains secure. Typically used as zip pulls and for identity tag holders they have also found a place in jewellery design for decorative pieces such as handbag charms.

Jewellery Findings - Lanyard Clasps, J Hooks

  • Lobster Clasps

Also described as Parrot Clasps and Trigger Clasps

Similar in function to spring ring clasps but with their own distinct shape, Lobster Clasps have a small spring closure which is opened and closed using a raised trigger on the outer surface of the clasp. When in the open position a suitably sized jump ring, loop or ring at the other end of the design can be placed within the clasp securing the bracelet or necklace. Because their design only allows the claw to open inwards they are a very secure option and perfect for heavier pieces. They are so named because of their resemblance to a lobsters claw.

Jewellery Findings - Trigger Clasps, Lobster Clasps, Parrot Clasps

  • Magnetic Clasps

Simple by function, Magnetic Clasps use discreetly placed magnets within a plain or decorative clasp setting. When the two ends are brought together the pull of the magnets ensures a secure, well aligned closure. With the magnets being small in size they can be incorporated in to all manner of designs. They are a very popular choice being so easy to put on and take off, but it is important to match the strength of the magnets to the weight of the design. 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 - Magnetic Clasps

  • Parrot Clasps

Also known as Lobster Clasps and Trigger Clasps

Similar in function to spring ring clasps but with their own distinct shape, Parrot Clasps have a small spring closure which is opened and closed using a raised trigger on the outer surface of the clasp. When in the open position a suitably sized jump ring, loop or ring at the other end of the design can be placed within the clasp securing the bracelet or necklace. Because their design only allows the claw to open inwards they are a very secure option and perfect for heavier pieces. They are so named because of their resemblance to a parrots head.

Jewellery Findings - Trigger Clasps, Lobster Clasps, Parrot Clasps

  • Pearl Clasps

Also called Box Clasps

On one side of these Pearl 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.

Jewellery Findings - Box Clasps, Pearl Clasps

  • S Hook Clasps

Similar in design to hook and eye clasps these closures consist of an S shaped element on one side of the piece that hooks into a circle or round opening on the other side. This means S Hook Clasps can be used directly with suitably sized chain links. They are perfect with heavier designs as the added weight ensures that gravity helps to keep the clasp closed. With a suitably gauged jewellery wire these clasps are very easy to fashion.

Jewellery Findings - S Hook Clasps

  • Safety Clasps & Safety Catches

Safety Clasps are usually reserved for expensive jewellery as their design incorporates more than one function to secure the closure on a bracelet or necklace. This can be in the form of a safety chain or a folding catch and pin.

Jewellery Findings - Clasp Safety Catch

  • Snap Clasps

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

Snap 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

  • Spring Ring Clasps

These one piece Spring RIng Clasps are used to fasten a bracelet or a necklace. The clasp is held closed by a spring mechanism acting against a pin closure. A small lever is drawn back to open the clasp.

Jewellery Findings - Spring Ring Clasps

  • Toggle Clasps

Made up of two distinct halves, one is a ring and the other a bar, which to work effectively needs to be longer then the diameter of the ring. Toggle Clasps are easy to fasten with the bar simply pivoted through the ring and then flattened against it. Although a ring has been described, this element can be any open shape as long as it allows the bar to pass through it and the opening remains small enough to secure the bar in place. These easy to use clasps are a popular choice for necklaces and are available for both single and multi strand designs. In terms of variations in design this type of closure is the option that offers the widest range of shapes and decorative styles.

Jewellery Findings - Toggle Clasps

  • Torpedo Clasps

Also known as Barrel Clasps

Cylindrically shaped Torpedo 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

  • Trailer Hitch Clasps

Also called Ball and Socket Clasps, Button Clasps and Snap Clasps

Trailer Hitch Clasps are snap closures, so named because they function in a similar fashion to the coupling of a trailer and a car. One side of the clasp features 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

  • Trigger Clasps

Also described as Lobster Clasps and Parrot Clasps

Similar in function to spring ring clasps but with their own distinct shape, Trigger Clasps have a small spring closure which is opened and closed using a raised trigger on the outer surface of the clasp. When in the open position a suitably sized jump ring, loop or ring at the other end of the design can be placed within the clasp securing the bracelet or necklace. Because their design only allows the claw to open inwards they are a very secure option and perfect for heavier pieces. These popular clasps are also described as lobster clasps and parrot clasps, in the first instance for the action and shape of the closure resembling that of a lobsters claw and in the second for the overall shape of the clasp resembling this distinctive birds head.

Jewellery Findings - Trigger Clasps, Lobster Clasps, Parrot Clasps

COIL ENDS

Coil Ends are a simple metal bead manufactured using coiled wire and similar in appearance to a spring but with an end loop.

CONE ENDS

Also known as Bead Cones

Cone Ends are a metal cone shaped finding that are used to secure and cover the ends of several strands of beading.

Jewellery Findings - Bead Cones, Cone Ends

CONNECTORS & BRACELET LINKS

Jewellery Connectors or Jewellery Links are generally used to join the individual components of a piece together, although they can also be used as the centrepiece of a design. Most jewellery link findings or connector findings have loops at each end to attach jump rings, eye pins or jewellery wire, but openwork and filigree pieces are also used. These plain or decorative connectors can be used in a wide variety of jewellery pieces including bracelets, dangles, earrings, extenders, handmade chains, necklaces, as well as to provide links between wire wrapped beads.

Jewellery Findings - Jewellery Connectors

CORD ENDS

Cord Ends are cylindrical findings designed to enclose the end of a round section cord or chain. Some cord ends, such as those made of coiled wire, need only be squeezed to secure the cord in position, others require the use of a suitable jewellery glue. The cord end provides a neat finish and allows the addition of a jump ring or clasp. Larger cord ends are essential for kumihimo work where multiple cords are to be brought together.

Jewellery Findings - Cord Ends

CRIMP BEADS & CRIMP TUBES

Crimp Beads or Crimp Tubes are tiny rounds or tubes of soft metal used to secure two loop ends of flexible beading wire, or other stringing material, to hold a bead strand, add a clasp, or to secure a floating bead on an illusion necklace. Once positioned they are crushed around the wire using Crimping Pliers.

Jewellery Findings - Crimp Beads, Crimp Tubes

CRIMP BEAD COVERS

Crimp Bead Covers are used to conceal crimp beads. They are placed centrally over the crimp bead and squeezed with a pair of pliers until the crimp bead cover is closed to bring that all important polished, professional finish to a jewellery design. Once closed crimp covers should look like regular metal beads.

Jewellery Findings - Crimp Bead Covers

CUFF LINK ACTIONS & CUFF LINK FINDINGS

Cuff Link Actions are the functional component in a cuff link closure. This hinged finding assembled allows the inside bar to be turned 90 degrees after inserting it through the button hole of a shirt cuff, thereby holding the cufflink on the cuff.

Jewellery Findings - Cuff Link Action

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EARRING FINDINGS

Earring Findings. Most jewellery wearers will have a good understanding of the difference between the various earring types. Stud earrings or post earrings are short lengths of straight metal, with a cup, plate or claw setting at one end. A butterfly back is required to keep the earring on. Hoop earrings are circles of wire, available in many diameters which can come with extra loops to add dangles. Hoops can have a hinged closure, one wire end can tuck into the other, or they can have a post and butterfly. Earwires range from a fish hook shape (often with a spring and ball embellishment, and a small loop for adding dangles to) to the very delicate kidney wire (shaped wire without any embellishment). Earwires either sit through the ear, or close by tucking the back end of the earwire behind a hook.

  • Bullet Back Stoppers & Clutch Backs

Bullet Back Stoppers are a bullet shaped component that fastens to an earring post to secure an earring against the ear.

Jewellery Findings - Bullet Back Stoppers, Clutch Back Stoppers

  • Butterfly Stoppers & Clutch Backs

Butterfly Stoppers butterfly shaped components that fastens to an earring post to secure an earring against the ear.

Jewellery Findings - Butterfly Stoppers, Clutch Backs

  • Comfort Discs

Comfort Discs are soft plastic discs that fit over the post of a pierced ear earring to provide comfort to the wearer through a cushioning effect.

Jewellery Findings - Comfort Discs

  • Ear Clip Earrings

Ear Clips are a two part attachment at the back of an earring , with the two parts closing around the ear lobe to hold the earring in place. As mechanical pressure is used there is no need for pierced ears.

Jewellery Findings - Ear Clips, Ear Clip Earrings

  • Fish Hook Earwires

Fish Hook Earwires are as the name suggests a fish hook shaped finding used to make earrings. The hook end passes through the pierced ear, while an ornament hangs from the other end. They are otherwise known as French ear wires.

Jewellery Findings - Fish Hook Earrings, Fish Hook Earwires, French Earwires

  • Hook Earrings

Jewellery Findings - Hook Earwires

  • Hoop Earrings

Jewellery Findings - Hoop Earrings

  • Kidney Earwires

Kidney Earwires are earring wires formed into a kidney shape, to which dangling earrings are attached. Used with pierced ears they are generally closed, as opposed to a fishhook earwire which remains open.

Jewellery Findings - Kidney Earwires

  • Lever Back Earrings

Lever Back Earrings are a hook shaped ear wire that is hinged to a spring loaded closure at the base of the hook. In the open position, the ear wire passes through a pierced earlobe and the closure piece is then snapped shut against the ear wire to secure it into place.

Jewellery Findings - Lever Back Earwires

  • Omega Clip

Omega Clips are a wire clip earring finding shaped like the Greek letter omega. The omega wire pivots from one end of a yoke or joint which is attached directly to the earring.

Jewellery Findings - Omega Clips

  • Posts

Earring Posts are pin based earring findings that are passed through a pierced earlobe and secured at the back with an earring stopper or clutch.

Jewellery Findings - Earring Posts

  • Screw Clip Earrings & Screw Back Earrings

Screw Clip Earrings are ear clips that have a threaded screw that tightens an earing against a non pierced earlobe allowing the tension to be adjusted for comfort and security.

Jewellery Findings - Screw Clip Earrings, Screw Back Earrings

  • Stud Earwires

Jewellery Findings - Stud Earwires

  • Threaded Posts

Threaded Posts are earring posts that have been threaded and require similarly threaded earring stoppers.

Jewellery Findings - Threaded Earring Posts

END BARS

Also called Necklace End Connectors

End Bars are findings used to attach a single strand clasp to a multi strand necklace. Typically one side of the bar will have a single loop with the opposite side have multiple loops depending on how many are required for the design.

Jewellery Findings - End Bars

END CAPS & END CONES

End Caps and End Cones are primarily used to conceal knots, crimp beads and the end of chain before the connection is made to a clasp. With their relatively large opening they are especially useful for merging several strands into a single point before attaching a clasp or other jewellery finding.

Jewellery Findings - End Caps, End Cones

EYE PINS

Eye Pins are short lengths of wire ending in a turned loop. Add a few choice beads turn or wrap a loop at the other end and this turns the eye pin into a dangle. Dangles can be added to chain, wire, thread and earring components giving movement to a piece of jewellery as well as looking pretty. They can also be used to make beaded links using a turned loop to join to the next link.

Jewellery Findings - Eye Pins

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FOLDING CRIMPS

Also described as Thong Ends or Cord Ends

Folding Crimps are used when stringing with lengths of leather, suede, ribbon or even chain. They are used at the ends of a design, having an integral end loop for attaching to a clasp or a jump ring. The width of the thong or cord should fit neatly into the width of the folding crimp. The thong or cord end should be laid in to the middle of the crimp, using a drop of glue for added security, and then the first fold should be closed over it followed by the second. Suitable pliers should then be used to fully close the folding crimp neatly and securely.

Jewellery Findings - Folding Crimps, Thong Ends, Cord Ends

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HEADBANDS & HAIRSLIDES

  • Barrettes

Barettes are decorative bars with a pin or clasp mounted on the back for use as a hair ornamnet. They often incorporate openwork areas that can be wired with beads and other decorative components to create a unique design for weddings or party wear.

Jewellery Findings - Barrette Clips

  • Hair Combs

Jewellery Findings - Hair Combs, Hair Slide Combs

  • Hair Grip Slides

Jewellery Findings - Hair Grips, Kirby Grips, Bobby Pins

  • Hat Pins

Hat Pins are long metal pins with a decorative head that are used to fix a hat in place by passing the pin through the hat and then the wearers hair.

Jewellery Findings - Hat Pins

  • Tiara Headbands

Tiara Headbands are decorative headpieces often incorporating openwork areas that can be wired with beads and other decorative components to create a unique design for weddings or party wear.

Jewellery Findings - Tiara Headbands

  • Tiara Stems & Tiara Picks

Jewellery Findings - Tiara Stems, Tiara Picks

HEAD PINS

Head Pins are short lengths of wire ending in a head designed to prevent beads falling off. A seed bead can be used to add a little extra diameter if needed. Generally head pins end in a tiny round of metal soldered on horizontal to the wire, but look out for decorative head pins with glass ends. Turn or wrap a loop to create dangles – see Eye Pins.

Jewellery Findings - Head Pins

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JUMP RINGS

Jump Rings are the small heroes of beading! They are generally small circles of wire, used for linking together components, but can also be found as ovals, triangles and square jump rings. They normally have a break in them at one point along their circumference and it is this join that is used to open the ring. Typically using two pairs of pliers the jump ring is held in one set with the wire opening pushed away with the other set. The two sides should never be pulled apart, like opening a book, as this will distort and weaken the ring. Closed jump rings have been sealed with a tiny amount of solder, so they won’t work their way open. Jump rings come in all manner of sizes so always choose the best size to suit your work. Chainmaille is chain made exclusively with jump rings, based on methods used historically to produce chain armour – the best is fabulously complicated to look at!

Jewellery Findings Jump Rings

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KEY RINGS & KEY CHAINS

Split Ring Key Chains and Trigger Clasp Key Rings are perfect for making embellished handbag charms, bag clips, key fobs or photo pendants. Both the split ring key chains and the trigger clasp key rings provide a sturdy and secure closure, with the trigger clasp key rings having the added benefit of swivel loop fastner.

Jewellery Findings - Key Ring Chains

KILT PINS

Kilt Pins are large metal pins with metal hanging loops across the bottom.

Jewellery Findings - Kilt Pins

KNOT CUPS

Also known as Bead Tips, Calottes, and Clam Shells

Knot Cups 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 knot cup 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 knot cup with a little glue for added security. A seed bead can also be added to the knot for extra anchorage before closing the knot cup around both the knot and the bead.

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

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NECKLACE ENDS

Also called End Bars

Necklace Ends are findings used to attach a single strand clasp to a multi strand necklace. Typically one side of the bar will have a single loop with the opposite side have multiple loops depending on how many are required for the design.

Jewellery Findings - Necklace Ends

NECKLACE EXTENDERS

Also described as Chain Extensions and Chain Extenders

Necklace Extenders 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.

Jewellery Findings - Necklace Extenders

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PENDANT BAILS

Pendant Bails or Jewellery Bails are used to hang pendants, charms, lockets and other focal pieces stylishly from a necklace chain or cord, whilst ensuring they lie flat against the wearer. A pendant bail is secured in place using the hole in a pendant, mounted to the pendant with glue, or attached to a ring through the pendant.

  • Pinch Bails

Pinch Bails are a style of pendant bail with an oval or ‘D’ shaped component which is used to connect the locket pendant to a chain. This component slides on to the chain rather than being attached to it. They are otherwise known as Clip on Bails*.

Jewellery Findings - Jewellery Bails, Pendant Bails

  • V Bails

V Bails are a style of pendant bail with two loops forming a ‘v’ shape above the pendant when looking from the front. They are also described as Rabbit Ear Bails.

Jewellery Findings - Jewellery Bails, Pendant Bails

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RIBBON ENDS

Ribbon Ends can be used to finish the ends of ribbon, leather, suede or even chain. They are used at the ends of a design, having an integral end loop for attaching to a clasp or a jump ring. The width of the ribbon should fit neatly into the width of the ribbon end, it may be folded in half if necessary. Ribbon ends often have serrated teeth on one or both sides that help secure the ribbon in position but jewellery glue can be used for extra security. Suitable pliers should then be used to fully close the ribbon ends neatly and securely. Folding crimps may be used for narrower ribbon widths.

Jewellery Findings - Ribbon Ends

RING BLANKS & RING BASES

Ring Blanks are used to create fashionable jewellery rings. Ring blanks come in a variety of styles including plain ring bands, filigree ring blanks for wirework, glue on flat pad ring blanks for adding embellishments, cabochon ring blanks with claws or recesses, rivoli ring blanks for chatons, as well as sieve plate ring blanks and looped beading ring blanks for making bling rings, cha cha rings or cluster rings.

Jewellery Findings - Looped Ring Blanks, Ring Bases, Ring Blanks

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SCARF CLIPS

Scarf Clips are hinged components that typically include a flat surface to allow an ornament to be attached. Alongside this decoration is an open ring through which the scarf is pulled. The component is then folded onto itself holding the scarf in place around the wearers neck.

Jewellery Findings - Scarf Ring Clips

SCREW EYES

Screw Eyes are a short length of wire with a loop turned at one end. The straight end of wire is glued into half drilled beads and pearls to create drops

Jewellery Findings - Drops, Dangles

SPACER BARS

Spacer Bars or Separator Bars are designed for multi strand necklaces or bracelets, with the number of holes in the spacer bar usually determining the number of strands in the jewellery design. Their function is to hold the strands equally apart and aligned along the length of the piece and are useful in necklaces where the curve of the neckline would otherwise force the strands of a design on top of one and another, causing them to tangle. They can also be used to create a step change in the number of strands in a necklace.

Jewellery Findings - Separator Bars, Spacer Bars

SPLIT RINGS

Split Rings do the same job as jump rings but, with multiple rings of wire running in parallel like key chain rings, they are more secure. To add a component to a split jump ring it has to be twisted around the rings of wire right to the centre.

Jewellery Findings - Split Rings

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THONG ENDS

Also known as Cord Ends or Folding Crimps

Thong Ends are used when stringing with lengths of leather, suede, ribbon or even chain. They are used at the ends of a design, having an integral end loop for attaching to a clasp or a jump ring. The width of the thong or cord should fit neatly into the width of the folding crimp. The thong or cord end should be laid in to the middle of the crimp, using a drop of glue for added security, and then the first fold should be closed over it followed by the second. Flat nosed pliers should then be used to fully close the thong end neatly and securely.

Jewellery Findings - Folding Crimps, Thong Ends, Cord Ends

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WINE GLASS CHARM RINGS

Wine Glass Charm Rings or Wine Glass Markers provide a decorative addition to stemware, as well as helping to identify whose drink is whose! Beads, charms or crystals are added to a wire ring which is then placed around the glass stem before being closed. Wine glass charm rings can be made to suit any season, occasion or party theme, with weddings being a favourite as they also double as wedding favours for guests to take home with them.

Jewellery Findings - Wine Glass Charms

WIRE GUARDIANS

Wire Guardians are designed to protect stringing wire from wear and tear against clasps and other findings whilst also ensuring a polished, professional finish. These horseshoe shaped components have a pre-curved channel into which the wire is placed and turned back on itself before being secured with a crimp bead.

Jewellery Findings - Wire Guardians

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