Chain & Findings

This segment from the 2017 MJSA Journal November issue is dedicated to metals, tools, software and more that aids jewelers and designers in their quest to create their masterpieces.  In this article we talk about Chain & Findings.

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Chain & Findings

Byzantine Chain

Manufactured in the USA, this byzantine chain is available in sterling silver and 10k, 14k, and 18k yellow and white gold. Sold by the foot or in cut lengths, the chain comes in 020 to 040 gauge. Contact: National Chain Group, 55 Access Road, Warwick, RI 02886; 1-401-732-6200; fax 401-738-1684; e-mail info@natchain.com; natchain.com.

 

 

 


Mirror Chain

Featuring a highly polished and reflective surface, mirror chain is available in 10k, 14k, and 18k yellow and white gold. Sold by the foot or in cut lengths, the chain comes in 020 to 040 gauge. Contact: National Chain Group, 55 Access Road, Warwick, RI 02886; 1-401-732-6200; fax 401-738-1684; e-mail info@natchain.com; natchain.com.

 

 

 


Diamond Halo and Center Stone Mounting

Designed to sit perfectly on the earlobe, this diamond halo and center stone mounting is lightweight and features a high polish. Offered in 10k and 14k yellow, white, and rose gold, the mountings feature a three-prong center setting and are available in 6 mm with 30 diamonds (0.24 ctw) and 8 mm with 42 diamonds (0.37 ctw). The mountings do not include earring backs. Contact: Art’s Elegance, 739 E. Walnut St., Ste. 200, Pasadena, CA 91101; 1-626-405-1522; fax 405-1526; e-mail talin@artselegance.com; libertyiexchange.com.

 


Round Stone Tennis Bracelet Mounting

Featuring a flexible design to prevent flipping, the round stone tennis bracelet mounting can accommodate 45 4 mm stones. Available in 10k and 14k gold, the mounting is lightweight and has a smooth finish and safety catch. It is designed and crafted in the U.S. Contact: Art’s Elegance , 739 E. Walnut St., Ste. 200, Pasadena, CA 91101; 1-626-405-1522; fax 405-1526; e-mail talin@artselegance.com; libertyiexchange.com.

 

 

 


Round Stud Earring Mounting

Designed and crafted in the U.S., these round stud earring mountings are lightweight and offered in 10k and 14k yellow, white, and rose gold. Featuring a high polish finish, the mountings are available in 2.5 mm, 3 mm, 4 mm, 5 mm, 6 mm, 7 mm, and 8 mm sizes. Earring backs are not included. Contact: Art’s Elegance, 739 E. Walnut St., Ste. 200, Pasadena, CA 91101; 1-626-405-1522; fax 405-1526; e-mail talin@artselegance.com; libertyiexchange.com.

 

 


Pyramid-Cut Earring Mounting

With a high polish finish, this round stud earring mounting features a textured pyramid- cut setting. Available in 10k and 14k yellow, white, and rose gold, the four-prong setting is designed to hold an 8 mm stone. The setting is designed and crafted in the U.S. Earring backs are not included. Contact: Art’s Elegance, 739 E. Walnut St., Ste. 200, Pasadena, CA 91101; 1-626-405-1522; fax 405-1526; e-mail talin@artselegance.com; libertyiexchange.com.

 

 


 Heart LuxLock Clutch

Available in sterling silver or 14k yellow gold-filled, this Heart LuxLock Clutch features a disc comprised of a series of hearts. The clutch includes the stainless steel LuxLock mechanism that firmly clutches earring posts for extra security. The lock is designed to ensure a lifetime of tension. Contact: Dama Inc., 25 Oakdale Ave., Johnston, RI 02919; 1-401-272-7722; fax 272-7749; e-mail alexandra@dama.net; luxlockusa.com.

 

 


Flower LuxLock Clutch

Designed to add a touch of whimsy to earrings, the Flower LuxLock Clutch features a floral disc that acts as a stabilizer to keep earrings upright and centered. Available in sterling silver or 14k gold-filled, the clutch contains a stainless steel LuxLock locking mechanism that firmly grips an earring post. The lock is designed to ensure a lifetime of tension. Contact: Dama Inc., 25 Oakdale Ave., Johnston, RI 02919; 1-401-272- 7722; fax 272-7749; e-mail alexandra@dama.net; luxlockusa.com.

 


Self-Closing Rings and Clasps

Available in a variety of sizes, these self-closing rings and clasps are composed of a base metal with an imitation rhodium finish. Styles include a 12 mm oval ring, 14 mm round ring, 21 mm round with two loops, 23 mm lobster claw clasp, and 28 mm lobster claw clasp. The pieces are sold by the dozen (with a five-dozen minimum) and by the gross (144 pieces). Contact: MAGIC NOVELTY CO. INC., 308 Dyckman St., New York, NY 10034; 1-800-449-2780; fax 212-567-2809; e-mail stevel@magicnovelty.com; magic novelty.com.

 

 


Rhodium Plated Sterling Silver Ear Wire

This 0.5 mm ear wire features a decorative coil, a 3 mm bead, and an open loop for attaching dangles or drops. The silver is rhodium plated for a durable, tarnish-resistant finish. The post/wire size is 0.032 inch. Contact: RIO GRANDE, 7500 Bluewater Road NW, Albuquerque, NM 87121; 1-800-545-6566; fax 800-965-2329; e-mail info@riogrande.com; riogrande.com.

 

 

 

 


Half Hoops with Bezel Drops

Designed to look like a hoop, these 14k yellow gold half-hoop earrings come with a jump ring from which backset bezel drops can be suspended. Drop options include a 6 mm through 9 mm round bezel; 5 mm by 5 mm or 6 mm by 6 mm heart bezel; 7 mm by 5 mm or 8 mm by 5 mm pear bezel; 7 mm by 5 mm octagon bezel; 7 mm by 5 mm oval bezel; and 5 mm by 5 mm square bezel. The earrings are available with or without stones. Contact: LeachGarner, 49 Pearl St., Attleboro, MA 02703; 1-508- 222-7400; leachgarner.com.

 

 

 


Flip Guard

Available in 14k white and yellow gold, the Flip Guard was recently redesigned to add bead shapes to the ends of the insert, creating a more comfortable fit. A cost-effective and easy-to-install solution for fit problems due to large knuckles, the Fit Guard is designed to reduce finger size up to three sizes. No components of the guard are visible on the outside of the wearer’s finger. Contact: R Findings, 625 Panorama Trail, Bldg. 1, Rochester, NY 14526; 1-800-422-7624; fax 888-243-5484; e-mail sales@ rfindings.com; rfindings.com.

 

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