The jewelry-making niche of fine arts and crafts is quite expansive. From fancy diamond rings to the latest in punky bracelets, each craftsperson has his or her own signature way of doing things. That being said, there are still some tools and supplies that are commonly used within each subsection of the jewelry trade. Whatever your interest, knowing some jewelry tools and supplies key terms will help you better understand jewelry.
Made from metal, the jump ring is a staple in jewelry making. It can be used to connect different parts of the jewelry, attach clasps or even make chain. There is a wide variety of sizes and colors available, and jump rings can be found in several types of metal, including gold.
Headpins and eyepins
These are straight pieces of wire with either a flat "head" or open loop ("eye") at the end. They must be finished using a process of wirewrapping to affix them to other parts and complete the piece of jewelry.
A bicone bead is shaped like a three-dimensional diamond. It is often clear with multiple facets, although it can be made from any material.
Crimping beads are used to finish off a line of beads and attach a clasp. A crimping tool, which looks similar to a pair of pliers, is used to flatten crimping beads and keep them in place.
The setting is what attaches a gem to a piece of jewelry, the most common type having prongs that effectively lock the stone into place.
Pronounced "soddering," this process uses heat to melt metal together and connect things. The primary soldering tools are the soldering iron and the soldering torch. The former is generally used for costume jewelry while the latter is used for precious metals and fine jewelry.