The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. This holds true in most creative endeavours including jewellery production. What starts off as a concept in a designer’s imagination becomes reality through skill, experience, craftsmanship, timeworn techniques and fine materials. Binding all these together are findings – the nuts and bolts of the jewellery manufacturing process.
Jewellery findings turn designers’ vision into tangible and wearable creations. By connecting the spaces, accommodating the design, facilitating the function, and completing the piece, they bring the concept to fruition in a harmonious and beautiful whole.
These essential components of jewellery also enable manufacturers to vary their offerings, allowing consumers to select their preference in terms of style and comfort.
Ear jewellery, for instance, cover studs, danglers, drops, huggies, hoops and, more recently, jackets, climbers and crawlers. Such variety is supported by the wide range of ear findings such as screw backs, ear nuts, lever backs, non-pierce findings, ball earrings and ear wires.
Clasps for bracelets and necklaces likewise play pivotal roles in the functionality and wearability of jewellery pieces. Recent years have also seen these evolve into design accents that add a touch of character to the jewellery piece.