- 1 How do you close a pearl clasp?
- 2 How does a filigree clasp work?
- 3 Why are Mikimoto pearls so expensive?
- 4 How can you tell a vintage pearl necklace?
- 5 What is ball clasp?
- 6 What is the best thread for stringing pearls?
- 7 What is the most secure necklace clasp?
- 8 How do you test pearls to see if they’re real?
- 9 What is a safety clasp?
- 10 How do necklace clasps work?
How do you close a pearl clasp?
Hold the clasp and squeeze the narrow sides, where your fingers are, as shown above. As you’re doing this, push the hook end back into the fish until you feel it loosen, and then pull it out.
How does a filigree clasp work?
Filigree Pearl Clasps These easy to use Filigree Clasps operate by sliding the “tongue” portion into the clasp, where it snaps into place. To open, simply press the snap, and slide the tongue back out.
Why are Mikimoto pearls so expensive?
They are rarer and therefore they are a lot more expensive than their cultured pearl counterparts. So, when cultured pearl entered the scene they were gorgeous pearls and they were a lot cheaper and usually rounder than natural pearls.
How can you tell a vintage pearl necklace?
An easy and old method to identify a real pearl is to use the “tooth-test.” Put the pearls up against your mouth and rub the pearls over the bottom edge of your tooth. A real pearl will have a light grit to it. A pearl made of plastic or glass will feel smooth.
What is ball clasp?
The ball clasp is one of the securest ways to clasp your necklace, featuring as it does a two-step “safety” locking system to prevent your pearls from unhinging at the most inopportune moment. To open, simple pinch the side of the clasp where you see or feel a small metal fitting.
What is the best thread for stringing pearls?
Size 6 silk thread is the best choice for most knotted pearl necklaces. However, the size of the thread you use really depends on the size of the hole. The most important thing to consider, besides size, is the material. Silk thread is the best choice for knotting a pearl necklace.
What is the most secure necklace clasp?
In general, the most secure clasps are the lobster, hook and spring ring clasps, which are used for most necklaces and bracelets.
How do you test pearls to see if they’re real?
Rub the pearls against your front teeth. Rub them against your teeth with a side-to-side motion. A real pearl will usually have a slightly rough or gritty texture from tiny scale-like imperfections in its outer layers of nacre. Fake pearls made from glass or plastic will usually be almost perfectly smooth.
What is a safety clasp?
Jewelry safety clasps are in the category of jewelry findings. You’ll find safeties in bracelets, watches, necklaces, and pins and they are used to provide extra security to the closure. Often they are used to supplement a main clasp and other times they are used to protect the point of a pin.
How do necklace clasps work?
Each end of the metal clasp features a magnet. When the two ends are placed near each other, the magnets pull them shut. To open the clasp, you slide your fingernail between the two parts. These closures are usually made of base metal and are sometimes plated with precious metals.