The essentials to create jewellery

jewellery home-made

The tools

There is a multitude of jewelry styles, in pearls, with threads, ribbon,… The most important thing when you start making jewellery is to be well equipped to assemble it properly.

The main tools to have are pliers. There are dozens of different pliers, but we can reduce the list to 3 essential pliers to have to start with: the flat clip to be able to handle and enter your primers without difficulty, the round-ended pliers to close your rings, create hooks or twist wires it also allows you to open and close your rings, buckles,… and the cutting pliers to cut all chains, metal rods.

The primers

You also need to have primers to hold the different elements of your jewelry together.

There are several different colors of primers, silver, gold, copper, bronze,… silver being the most used finish.

The most frequently used primers are:

-them rings : there are different sizes of them, they are often chosen according to the chain used.

– the fasteners : To close your necklaces and bracelets, the most used are the small and discreet snap fasteners, they are easy to assemble and use, simply add a small ring to attach it to your chain and a slightly larger ring to attach it to the opposite to close your necklace or bracelet.

– claw clasps and wire clamps are used when you cannot directly use rings, when you use wire, ribbons or bias for example.

– the earrings, the ear chip to the sleeper through the clips there are many primers for all tastes, to make your earrings.

– the ring supportsand the spindle holders of different sizes and colours, will allow you to mount all your creations on the right ring or brooch!

– the rods and nails are used a lot to create pendants with beads.

– Crush beads can be useful to hold a charm or bead in place on your wire.

– knot covers are widely used on ball chains. You can attach a ring with a snap hook clasp but you can also use a ball chain clasp directly.

The chains

You will also need to chains to create your jewellery. The most classic channels are the chain bracelet, the slave, the serpentine and the ball chain. You will find them in silver, gold, copper and bronze in different sizes. They are sold by the meter on the site, but don’t worry if you order several meters, you will have them in one piece.

For a necklace, if you want to shave your neck, count about 30 to 33 cm of chain, for a princess necklace, between 43 and 48 cm and between 51 and 61 cm for a necklace.

But you can also use links other than the chain to create your jewelry, you can use all types of threads like the waxed cotton, leather ties, leather ribbons, the cotton skeins, the jade thread, the nylon thread, the metallic wire,…

Charm and pendants

To enhance your jewellery, you can take charms, of the beads, of the shells or any element drilled or that you can drill in order to be able to fix them with a ring or a rod.

There are all kinds of charms on different themes and in different colours. The most classic are the metal charms, there are all shapes: fruits, flowers, animals, delicacies, objects, toys, symbols… there’s something for everyone!

There are also the enamelled charms, they are metal charms on which coloured resin has been added.

You can also create your own charms using rods, or eye nails and some pearls.

Other accessories

Other very useful accessories to get started include jewelry glue a practical way to assemble or strengthen your jewellery, and the transparent varnish to protect your creations.

To stay organized, it is very convenient to have storage boxes so as not to lose all his little primers and charms. There are already compartmented, several floors and different sizes, or you can opt for small round boxes, one per primer, which you can add up to infinity and organize them as you wish in large boxes, on trays, or even on trolleys with wheels!

You also have to pretty boxes, cases and jewelry holders to store all your creations!

Examples of jewellery

Some ideas for bracelets and necklaces very simple to make: you can start from a chain, and add charms or beads mounted on rods, and add a clasp. You can also use a link like waxed cotton, add a charm and close with sliding knots. Very practical, this model requires few primers. You can also use only cotton yarn, especially to make Brazilian bracelets, macramés, shambalas… and assemble them into multi-row bracelets, very trendy this season!

For easy to make earrings, you can stick cabochons on earrings, or mount charms on ear hooks with a ring.


antique jewellery

What is an antique piece of jewellery?

Antique jewellery is an object that must be at least 50 years old in order to be qualified as “antique”. They can take any shape, from an Art Deco ring to an Art Nouveau brooch.

Buying used antique jewellery: what precautions should be taken?

Purchasing jewelry does not necessarily mean going to the jewelry store to buy a brand new ring, bracelet or necklace. Indeed, it is also possible to visit auction rooms or even websites specialized in second-hand jewelry to buy pendants or earrings loaded with history and sometimes dating back several generations.

However, when making this type of purchase, certain precautions must be taken to avoid being victims of malicious people. When buying an old piece of jewellery if the offer is (too) attractive, a few checks should be made before making a decision. You should therefore be wary of prices that are too low and stones that are too “beautiful” and may be fake. In addition, extra attention should be paid, especially if they are large.

Beware of old precious stones that are too big and beautiful

First, it is necessary to check that the different precious stones such as diamonds, rubies or sapphires that you wish to buy are real precious stones. Indeed, a process developed by Auguste Verneuil in 1891 made it possible during the Industrial Revolution to make synthetic stones very similar to the original “ruby, sapphire, emerald”. Thus, some jewellery made in the 19th and 20th centuries with “rubies” or “sapphires” are actually made of simple synthetic stones made with alumina.

Other methods exist to “traffic” certain precious stones. One of the best known is the “doublet” which consists in assembling two stones of different qualities. The assembly thus creates a beautiful stone, composed of a real gem and a synthetic stone. If the result can be convincing, it is certainly not natural.

Faced with the large number of possible traffic, vigilance is essential, especially if you buy your old jewelry on the Internet.

Auction rooms, a barometer of values

Most of the time, the purchase of antique jewellery takes place in auction rooms where many pendants, bracelets and rings dating back several centuries are sold.

It is these auction houses that determine the price of these different jewels. However, these prices are rarely stable, as they vary according to rather capricious demand. Thus, jewellery from the 19th century, which was highly prized in the 1980s, saw its price curve fall when it was declared out of fashion.

Today, the most popular antique jewellery is that of the early 20th century, in the Art Deco style. It should also be taken into account that if you want to buy antique jewellery, it is often of variable quality and can be worn or damaged. Thus, Art Deco style jewellery sold at auction is often in poor condition. However, some jewellery stores have sketches of this type of jewellery. It is therefore possible to reissue the pendant or art deco necklace of your dreams!