Add a Little Something Extra to Jewelry Lines

Add a Little Something Extra to Jewelry Lines
by Leslie Anger, Marketing Content Development Group, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

Add the finishing touch to jewelry designs with fun, easy and professional-looking embellishments. Whether you're going for sophisticated fashion or casual looks, these style elements are handy ways to give a polished look to necklaces and bracelets or add a little extra somethin' somethin' to jewelry lines.

Convertible Jewelry

Add value to designs by giving the people what they want: options. A necklace that changes in the blink of an eye to a bracelet and necklace duo adds variety to customer wardrobe options. Include removable tassels, strands, charms and more.

This festive Stylish Stringing™ project from international designer-artist Gulten Dye showcases the versatility of interchangeable jewelry. Because of the long length, this piece can be worn as an on-trend "Y" necklace or wrapped for a multi-strand look. The tassel is also removable for switching out dangles, single pendants or removing it entirely.

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Add a Little Something Extra to Jewelry Lines

Look closely, this necklace transforms within seconds. Varying strand lengths are finished with lobster clasps on both ends making it easy to change from one, two or three strands. Go with one long strand, a short and long or all three.

This exquisite Metals contest finalist piece from Nancy TeWinkel entitled Rare Earth Trilogy, shows you have more options than just lobster claw clasps for convertible jewelry. The double-strand necklace instantly changes to a shorter necklace and jingling bracelet thanks to decorative magnetic clasps.
Add a Little Something Extra to Jewelry Lines

Back Detail

Who says all the attention has to be directed to the front? Does your client like to wear their hair up? Or maybe they have a shorter hair style. Clasps don't have to be functional without decoration, so spice up the back of necklaces for a classy or dramatic look. Bracelets with loose ends also have a more finished look with similar additions.

Designer-artist Ezartesa finished off her gorgeous Swarovski crystal grand prize-winning contest design with a beaded tassel hanging from the clasp. By incorporating even a single matching bead, charm or other detail, your designs look more "finished." Dangles can be long or short, and add a refined air to necklaces. This is also a fun way to professionally finish wrapped bracelets by attaching charms to the loose ends.

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Add a Little Something Extra to Jewelry Lines

Bib-style necklaces have a lot going on in the front, but a back tassel or other design can serve another purpose than extra flourish. Heavier designs have a tendency to pull towards the front, back details counter the weight for a more balanced and comfortable wear.

Clasps aren't boring! Sure they serve a purpose, but they can be beautiful in their own right. Working with wire? Wrap a hook clasp for a one-of-a-kind closure like Amy Levine did in her wirework ''Sunlit Orchids'' design Prefer to design with seed beads? Sew together a toggle clasp similar to Wella Dela Cruz Cornelius' prize-winning jewelry set in the color palette of your necklace or bracelet. Clasps are design elements deserving of time in the limelight.

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Lastly, don't just relegate clasps to the back of necklaces. Bring them front and center when they are expensive or fit well into your design scheme. Another benefit of front clasps is the ease of putting on or removing designs. No more catching hair or needing someone else to help put jewelry on. And the expansive selection of clasps at Fire Mountain Gems, means get choice pick.

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Add a Little Something Extra to Jewelry Lines



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