french wire

French wire is an extremely fine coiled wire.  Imagine a toy Slinky but very, very small.

The purpose of this type of wire is to protect the thread between the last pearl in a necklace and the clasp.

In a French wire finish, after the last pearl has been strung, the thread is threaded through a short section of the coiled French wire and then looped through the jump ring of the clasp. Better quality pearl and bead necklaces are finished in this way.

About Calla Gold

Calla Gold is a Personal Jeweler and Author who takes pride in working with clients one-on-one to integrate their personal sense of style and taste into custom designed jewelry and repaired jewelry pieces.   Unlike typical Santa Barbara jewelry businesses, Calla Gold has no brick-and-mortar location. Calla Gold comes to you, bringing you the jewelry collection you want to see and collaborating with you to create unique custom jewelry. Calla also works with at-a-distance clients.

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