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New jewelry designers will come faster as they serve the terminology of various jewelry manufacturing components. Find the right components faster, project professionalism for potential customers and improve your jewelry and make credibility by using the right terminology.
Definition of jewelry finds
In the jewelry industry, "bargain" parts of jewelry are less than a finished piece.
Definition of lock
A jewelry lock is a jewelry find of two or more pieces designed to connect the free ends of a necklace, bracelet or ankle. The buckles differ from S-hooks, hook-and-eye closures and switches in that there is a lock between the two ends of the jewelery which is more positive than squeezing an S-hook and chin-and-eyes closed or putting a safety chain on a closure.
What is a mother of pearl?
A bead loop originated as a bargain for threads with beads, but now they can connect a single thread or multiple threads of beads, beads or jewelry chain.
A mother of pearl has at least two parts - a body or "box", plus an insert that locks into the body, sometimes called "bracelet tongue". The body can be simple - a polished rectangle with at least one jump ring at the end opposite the bracelet tongue - or it can be very fine with filigree pattern or corrugation. The locking insert may be a hook that must fit around a pin before it is locked into the body or it may be a collapsible insert that is pushed directly into the locking. The number of jump rings on the bracelet tongue should match the number of jump rings on the body.
Some bead buckles also have additional security provided by a figure eight and a pin. The figure eight, which looks more like a pop bottle, attached to one side of the lock, clicks over a pin attached to the other side of the lock.
Bead clasps of the precious metals - gold, silver and platinum - have traditionally been used. In recent years, the pearl buckles have become available to the market for DIY jewelry in brass plated with silver, gold, antique copper, antique brass, gunmetal, imitation rhodium and nickel.
The pearl buckles are available in a variety of shapes, patterns and prices. One who learns what the pearl buckles are and how they are used will project a professional knowledge and attitude when making jewelry.