Did you know that earring posts used to be much thicker – because back in the day, women pierced their ears using sewing needles? And because clothing was also thicker and more course, sewing needles had to be too! The pins used on brooches had to be much sturdier for the same reason. Today, with modern piercing methods and thinner, silkier clothing, modern pins and posts are slim and pointed.
That’s exactly the kind of fascinating jewelry making heritage you’ll learn by taking “Discover the World of Jewelry Findings” at the New York Jewelry Design Institute (NYJDI) on April 26, during a workshop from 6-9 pm. The instructor is Michael Toback, president of the 47th Street district’s most respected and venerable findings companies, Myron Toback, Inc., which began in business in the 1960s and is still family-run, with three generations on board.
Toback, who has taught classes on findings at Pratt Institute and the Fashion Institute of Technology, comes armed with old catalogs and findings, as well as a slew of new findings, to demonstrate how crucial these details are to a jewelry piece that’s functional and beautiful.
Findings are among the most important aspects of jewelry design. The clasps, pins, attachments, hinges, earring posts, and gem settings you choose for your designs signal to your customers that you pay attention to detail. An old saying among jewelry connoisseurs is that the way to know if a jewel is well made is to look at it from the back, and by the details. Make sure that your details are backed up with knowledge and informed decision making about the findings best suited to your design.
You’ll find out why a modern lobster clasp helps women attach their necklaces from behind, and how other secure attachments work, such as the barrel screw and bayonet clasps. You’ll learn about toggle clasps and other decorative details, such as enameling. You’ll be introduced to ring shanks that hinge and open, to accommodate for thicker knuckles. You’ll also learn about the latest findings and settings that jewelers are asking for – due to consumer demand.
Toback is a friendly teacher, full of knowledge and history, who welcomes questions from his students on any findings issue. He’s an expert on the kinds of metals used in findings as well, and can answer questions about how to identify your brand with tags. He also knows how jewelers need to stamp metals to be in compliance with the FTC Jewelry Guides and the National Gold and Silver Marking Act. These government laws and regulations detail the consumer disclosure required when using precious metals like gold, silver, and platinum group metals, as well as gold-filled and other costume jewelry metals. He can explain why marking precious metals’ content accurately is so important to consumers’ confidence in the jewelry they buy.
Finally, Toback has a fun, hand-on activity that will teach you about the amazing spring ring clasp – and why it’s stood the test of time as a jewelry finding. He’ll have on hand springs rings and pliers, so that students can take them apart to see how they work!
For an educational and entertaining evening, don’t miss “Discover the World of Jewelry Findings” at the New York Jewelry Design Institute (NYJDI) on April 26 from 6-9 pm, with instructor Michael Toback, president of Myron Toback, Inc.! Learn more about this class or to RSVP http://nyjdi.com/jewelry-findings/