Jewelry Design Jargon

By Michelle Ecker on December 14th, 2015

The New York Institute of Art and Design offers an online jewelry design course and because we do, we like to provide free tips for aspiring designers. Enjoy!

For today’s tip, consider this:

Jewelry Design Jargon

If you want to pursue the field of professional jewelry design, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the language of the industry. To get started, here are 3 common terms you might come across in your professional ventures:

1. Findings- clasps, fasteners, jump rings, ear wires, crimp beads, etc. These are the pieces used to complete a functional, finished piece.

2. Hanks- These are strands of beads pre-strung onto measured threads. This is a term used frequently in the purchasing process, used at bead stores as a description of bead size and amount fitting per hank.

3. Semi-precious stones- Natural stones, often used to create costume jewelry.

Want to learn more? The New York Institute of Art and Design offers an online jewelry design course that can teach you how to create and sell your own unique line of jewelry. Request your free course catalog today!


CLOSE