The Glossary Of Jewelry Design
Alloys are formed when two or more elements are combined to form a different type of metal with special attributes. The new metal is typically stronger, more durable, and may be a different color.
A Die is a hollowed out metal form into which gold and silver is hammered to produce one shape or another. The new “die-struck” piece of metal is light, shiny, and strong and is usually soldered together with similar pieces. The result is jewelry that looks “big” but without the heaviness of thicker, cast pieces. Die striking is often used in the manufacture of earrings
Findings are any of the small, functional, and handy pieces of pre-made jewelry parts that combine to make a finished piece of jewelry. Clasps, bails, earring posts, heads, and gold balls are all examples of findings. It is much more convenient and cost effective to buy these “parts” pre-made.