Metals Used in Findings & Beads
Having a basic knowledge in the types of
metals used in findings and beads is important. Some people are allergic to certain metals and thus
when you make the beads, it is better to know what the contents in the findings you are using are.
Some people are allergic to certain
metals and can develop strong reactions.
So if you are familiar about the types of
metal used findings & beads, it would be easier to advise yourself or your customers on suitable pairs of earrings which would suit
Note: Not all findings will remain the
same after wear for some time. Do allow for some wear and tear!
Some metals used in Findings and beads
A hard slivery white metal with high
Commonly available at beads merchants and
relatively inexpensive as compared to sterling sliver.
Some people are allergic to
A slivery white metal.
Commonly available at beads
Many people are allergic to nickel. So do
take extra care!
Zinc and copper Alloy and has a yellow
color that is quite close to gold.
Though relatively resistant to
tarnishing, it will still tarnish to a brownish color.
Bright shiny metal which will oxidize to
a dull color like sliver.
Metal alloy of majority tin, with copper
and sometimes lead.
Grey color metal.
Hypoallergenic – this is great as
Alloy which is a combination of chromium,
molybdenum, and sometimes nickel.
Great as germs do not stick
Do note that some surgical steel contains
nickel, which many people are allergic to.
Can develop patina over time which might
turn skin green.
92.5% and normally there is a stamp
stating this on the findings and beads but is optional.
Will tarnish over time.
It might be white gold plated or yellow
Do note that the layer will wear off with
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