Thursday, 25 February 2010

AlphabeThursday -" F" as in "FINDING / FINDINGS"

Jenny Matlock

It's Thursday and time for this week's edition of Mrs. Matlock's Alphbe-Thursday's letter "F". After deciding not to choose the f-words, "fiddle" or "friend" or "frozen" or "full" or even "fictitious"; words that would be interesting to explore, I have chosen a word with its specific meaning and usage within jewellery-making.

My F-word is FINDING.
The word "finding" is already and more commonly used to mean "1. [usually plural] information that is discovered as a result of research in something: The findings of the commission will be published today. 2.(law) a decision made by thr judge or jury in a court case (Please see Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary of Current English 1997, page 575).

Within jewellery-making FINDINGS are all of the parts of a piece of jewellery, mostly metal parts, that hold it together, hold all of the decorative and colourful non-metal parts, such as glass beads, crystals, pearls or stones in place and make them function as an adornment for someone to wear.

I had never heard the use of this word "findings" until I started making jewellery and needed to order supplies from wholesale companies that cater to the needs of professional jewellers. According to Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' website page, EncycloBEADdia:

Manufactured components used to create jewelry. Generally, findings provide the structure for the jewelry design; the ornamentation is provided by both the design of the finding as well as the gems, beads or other decoration that is added. Findings include jumprings, clasps, bails, headpins, earwires, and charms, to name a few.

So findings are metal parts that connect and support the decorative parts of a piece of jewellery; the framework, the working parts, the functional parts. Findings are said to be manufactured; but you could also make them yourself if you are skilled enough. If you don't have the time or equipment, findings can be purchased ready-made. And most of us beaders, jewellery-makers and even professional jewellers and goldsmiths, buy ready-made findings for some of their product-lines.

Findings can be made of different types and grades of metals, from precious metals such as gold and silver to brass, coppar, steel, pewter and alloys of several metals, as well as plated metals. The choice of findings is also a design-decision, because even the metal finish has a colour and texture that is an important part of the design as a whole.



First Commenter: Sarah of Hyacinths for the soul


Sarah said...

Sounds like you have fun designing and creating your jewelry. Thanks for the information about findings. Interesting!

Ann said...

Very interesting. I like the F-word you chose to

nonizamboni said...

Anna! I'm enjoying my visit to your blog and thanks for visiting me on Ruby Tuesday. Love your daughter's precious photo with her eyes closed :O) I vote for the white necklace with the white spacers. Your work is lovely, BTW.

Jenny said...

I see that word in craft stores but I was a little unsure what it was.

Some of those findings are absolutely gorgeous.

Especially the leaves.

F abulous F post!


GardenofDaisies said...

Well, I learned something new today!! I don't need to call them "whatchamacalits" , "doohickey's" and "gizmos"anymore.

Viki said...

Wow, I guess there's a lot to learn if you want to make jewelry.

Jo said...

very cool stuff ... i love those little hearts!

Anna said...

Dear Sarah,
Thank you for your visit and comment. Yes, I do have fun. Otherwise I would not spend so much time and money on it. I like helping other women find their own style. I think I sell best in person, when I can make changes in a piece and create something that really is suitable for the wearer in question.
Dear Ann,
Thank you for your visit & comment. I am trying to make my blog stay on track; stick to my chosen subject, jewellery. So I am really trying to even solve memes with "jewellery-solutions".
Forgive me for my ignorance, but what does "lol" mean. I have not lived in the USA for many, many years and that was not used when I did. I see it everywhere. Does "lol" mean "lots of luck" or "lots of love" or what?
I only recently learned that "aka" means "also known as", so I have some new abbreviations to learn.
Dear "nonizamboni",
Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment about several of my posts and my daughter.
I am glad to hear what you think about the white necklaces. It seems that both of them are liked for different reasons by different people. It is as I suspected, that both could be worn with different clothes. Same basic beads can look so differently depending upon a small detail like spacer-beads!
Dear Jenny,
Yes, I agree with you about the leaves. I could buy a ton of them, but they are a bit pricey. These particular leaf-beads are made by Vintaj, which I purchased from Diana at Mountain Shadow Designs (Her blog is on my bloglista), from her Etsy shop ( A great person to deal with and sells very fine products. But I think she was going to change her inventory, so I'm not sure what she has right now. (I am not paid for this recommendation. It is just what I think.)
Dear GardenofDaisies
Yes, I was surprised that that category actually had a name, a collective term! But I don't know how old the use of the word "finding" is. I could not find it in my usual dictionaies. In one dictionary I found a definition of findings a tools for a shoemaker! Iwill keep looking and see if I can find out more.
There is a possibility that this is a usage that is only in the USA or North America. I could be interested if anyone from other parts of the English-speakiung world could tell us if this a word that is used where they live.
I wonder about this because the word "notions", for example, meaning small items used for sewing, is strictly an American English usage. British women just stare at me when I use this word.
Dear Vicki,
Thank you for visiting and commenting on my Findings-post.
Yes there is. But I guess there is a lot to learn about any craft or subject if you really want to do it justice.
I like the Fire Mountain-website because they have alot of tutorials and factual information, which is in every way in their own best interest. If you get interested in jewellery supplies it is very likely that you may buy some to try your hand at making some jewellery.
Dear Jo,
Thank you for stopping by and commenting. Yes, I love the little hearts too! I bought them from a Canadian supplier on Etsy called "Double Angel Jewelry Spply Ltd" (
(This is not a paid ad, I just like to help collegues when I can.)
Best wishes

Amanda said...

Loved your F post! My mother used to make jewelry, so I've inherited lots of "findings"-- someday soon I hope to have time to sit down and create with them!

Catherine said...

Very interesting F post :) .

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

A very interesting and informative F post.

mub said...

I have a really hard time finding findings (oh dear, that just sounds silly now doesn't it hehe) that match what I'm trying to do! If I was awesome I'd just make my own, but I don't have the skills or facilities available at this time to do it myself.

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