Eleven Things to Know About Our Newest Findings Catalog
Stuller is very excited to release Findings & Metals 2021-2022 — a comprehensive guide to Stuller’s findings, classic mountings, fabricated metals, and loose stones assortment. For those familiar with the Stuller story, you know that findings have a special place in our earliest days. From selling from a tackle box in the trunk of Matt Stuller’s car to the expansive selection we offer today, Stuller findings embody more than 50 years of development — and quality you have come to expect and enjoy from Stuller.
We hope our customers use Findings & Metals 2021-2022 as an everyday resource and provide their customers with cherished pieces using the products within this 832-page catalog.
There is a lot to be excited about with this updated edition of our findings catalog, so we wanted to give our customers some insider information. Here are eleven things to know about Findings & Metals 2021-2022.
We reorganized the settings section to showcase settings by stone shape as opposed to function.
This updated catalog features more than 900 NEW series, which make up 21% of the catalog.
For educational purposes, we have included more charts and visual graphs throughout the catalog. A few examples are pages 8 (shanks); 96 (settings); 382-387, 401 (earring compatibility); 680 (chain ends); and 702 (tie tack compatibility).
See our new machined badge on pages 9-10 and 18. Our machined shanks are made the same way as our classic wedding band assortment.
The former pendant components section is now two NEW sections: bails on pages 487-511 and necklace centers on pages 513-529.
The Petite Pavé Dangle Collection helps customers express themselves and their creativity with affordable and sparkling styles. See this on-trend collection of dangles on pages 480-482.
Look at page 634 to see our new assortment of oval jump rings made in-house!
DID YOU KNOW? We make it easy to tell the inside dimensions of our jump rings by looking at the series number. For example, JR4020 means the inside length is 4 millimeters and the inside width is 2 millimeters. For JR10, the inside diameter is 1 millimeter.
We make it easy to differentiate between settings and earring settings. Earring settings are shown facing left while other settings are featured laying down.
Trend Alert! Medallions have become a rising trend within the jewelry industry. They are especially popular for customers that enjoy layering neckwear. Check out our new section of medallions in the dangles category on pages 474-475.
Fun Fact: We upgraded our current body jewelry assortment to match the new industry trend, externally to internally threaded! Check out our assortment on page 702.
Finding Inspiration is a campaign to inspire the inner designer in every jeweler by showing behind-the-scenes views of what makes up unique pieces of jewelry.
As a part of this campaign and to celebrate the launch of Findings & Metals 2021-2022, we are giving away three Stuller account credits: a $1,000 credit, a $500 credit, and a $250 credit. These can be used on any of our findings products. Prizes will be awarded to randomly chosen customers who have posted images of their jewelry made using Stuller findings from Findings & Metals 2021-2022 on Facebook or Instagram and have accounts in good standing.
The winners will be announced on September 3, 2021, in Stuller’s Instagram stories (@stullerinc).
Take a picture of a piece of jewelry made with Stuller findings.
From August 16 to August 27, 2021, submit your entry by posting the photo to Facebook or Instagram using #StullerFindings or by sending the picture to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to view the official contest rules.
Continue to Inspire
We are constantly in awe of the unique pieces jewelers make using Stuller findings and hope that Findings & Metals 2021-2022 helps you grow your business. As always, Stuller remains your partner and resource. Contact us at 800-877-7777 if you are ever in need of assistance and a member of our team will be happy to help.
Finding Inspiration: Get Creative With Hinged Bails
Whether you’re creating a custom piece of jewelry or enhancing an existing piece, a topic of conversation many jewelers have with customers is about versatility. Perhaps the piece is versatile in style and goes with many different looks. Perhaps there is a feature in the piece that allows it to transform with different stylings. Regardless, proving the flexibility of a piece can oftentimes be an excellent selling point. Let’s talk about an easy way to add versatility to chains: hinged bails.
Finding Inspiration is a campaign to inspire the inner designer in every jeweler. We hope to spark a conversation among artisans within our community and share the creative work being done. Let’s dive into our next installment of this series and see everything you can accomplish with hinged bails.
Hinged Bails: Versatility with Style
From a functionality perspective, the hinged bail is great for jewelers and consumers of any experience level. With the hinge, there is no need for a bench jeweler or tools to easily utilize.
Varieties in size and ease of use make hinged bails perfect to work with any chain. For example, you can connect two chains together to create a more layered look, add charms and dangles for personalization, turn a necklace into a bracelet, and even use the bail as the necklace center.
Choose from our three hinged bail styles to suit your needs.
Have you thought of adding findings to your merchandising and sales strategy? When making the sale, unique features like a hinged bail can make it easier to start a conversation about a piece and add value. Talk to your customer about different things they can do with their jewelry using a hinged bail. Here are some of our suggestions.
Change up jewelry staples like the classic pearl strand to make trendy bracelets.
Connect chains and pearls together to add interesting combinations.
Connect two pearl strands together with pops of color for an eye-catching pairing.
By having examples of these fun ways to use hinged bails within your displays will inspire your customers and can lead to additional sales. Customers are looking to create unique stacks with their jewelry. Adding the hinged bail into their collection will give them options that help them stand out.
Share Your Inspiration
Inspire your customers with all the things they can do with hinged bails and make sure to share that inspiration on social media! Tag photos of your creative uses of hinged bails using #StullerFindings and @stullerinc. Stay inspired!
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Finding Inspiration: Piece by Piece™ and Petite Pavé
Where do you keep findings in your store? Traditionally, findings are kept in the back of the store and not something you’d show to a customer. But what if findings help you tell the full story?
As the building blocks of jewelry, findings are the perfect pieces you can use to sell customization. You can show your customers how to add a personal touch with jewelry made just for them using findings. Whether you have a bench jeweler or not, we make it easy to merchandise custom jewelry using findings with our popular selling systems.
Finding Inspiration is a campaign to inspire jewelers and artisans in our industry. Every day, we are inspired by the creativity of our customers. Today, we hope to inspire YOU to leverage findings as merchandise worthy of being placed front and center in your showroom.
Piece by Piece Selling System
Piece by Piece, Stuller’s interactive settings & shanks ring builder, allows the customer to mix and match popular setting and shank styles for a hands-on custom jewelry-making experience. We’ve recently expanded Piece by Piece to include four new fancy shape carat run-ups and two new shank modules. In total, your customers can create rings using 24 shanks and 60 settings ranging in various shapes and sizes.
Display in high traffic areas where customers will instantly notice and want to interact. Placing bridal jewelry near your Piece by Piece selling system is a great way to encourage your customers to build their own engagement ring. Want to save time or don’t have a bench jeweler? We can assemble the pieces together by adding a head to your desired shank.
Pair our new magnetic charm and dangle display (61-1010) with our Petite Pavé collection to create custom displays. Incorporate personalization when creating custom pieces with initial, number, family, and symbol dangles made with 14K white, yellow, and rose gold dangles. Build your own display that fits up to 28 dangles from 48 available dangles. Petite Pavé dangles are perfect for creating a price point-friendly personalization options in your store.
Place your display near hoops, split rings, and threader chains to show easy ways customers can mix and match to create their own personalized earrings, bracelets, and necklaces. Merchandise using birthstones, letters, and symbols to create cohesive displays that appeal to your customers.
Stuller stands as your partner in customizable jewelry. Whether it’s through one of our selling systems or services, we want to make sure you have everything you need. If there is something we can do to assist, contact our customer support specialists at 800-877-7777.
We hope you have been inspired by our suggestions on how to merchandise findings and sell customization. Already have Piece by Piece and Petite Pavé in your store? Share how you use these selling systems by tagging us and using #StullerFindings on social media.
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Finding Inspiration: Custom Jewelry Made With Trims
Sparks of creativity can result in beautiful pieces of jewelry that customers will enjoy for years to come. But customized pieces do not have to be extravagant or sizable. Sometimes the most unique pieces are simply the tiniest displays of personalization. Have you thought of creating your own line of personalized jewelry made using trims? Let’s explore this concept in this month’s edition of Finding Inspiration.
Finding Inspiration is a campaign to inspire the inner designer in every jeweler and provide a spark of creativity in artisans throughout the jewelry industry. We are always amazed at the phenomenal work that Stuller customers do with our findings and want to share that creativity with our community. Let’s dive into the world of trims and how they can be used to craft a line of jewelry.
Trims: Variety Provides Options
These versatile findings provide many options when considering developing a line of jewelry. They can be soldered to various other findings — such as shanks, jump rings, bails, and posts — to create rings, pendants, earrings, bracelets, and more! Stuller offers a wide variety of trims to give you options. Browse hundreds of our trims on Stuller.com and start creating today!
Members of our fine jewelry and findings teams often collaborate to develop new pieces to offer our customers.
“Findings is a never-ending puzzle,” says Emily Hargroder, Findings Product Manager. “It’s all about having the perfect connecting pieces to fill the gaps. Our team is always talking to customers and studying finished jewelry pieces to discover what findings are missing in our line. Our job is to create components that make designing as easy as possible for our jewelers.”
See how our teams came together to combine trims with other findings to create popular pieces of fine jewelry.
Custom Laser Cut Designs Program
Can’t find the trim you’re looking for in our product line? Create your own laser cut trims using our Custom Laser Cut Designs Program! This is a quick, consistent service that provides you with the perfect way to explore your creativity, create a line of jewelry unique to your store, or offer personalization. Get started designing today by emailing CustomLaserDesigns@Stuller.com or call 800-877-7777, ext. 3631.
Share Your Inspiration
Have you thought of a line of earrings, bracelets, necklaces, or rings you want to develop? Share it with us on social media! We are always looking to see great pieces of creativity made using our findings. If you want a chance to be featured in an upcoming edition of Finding Inspiration, post your piece(s) online using the hashtag #stullerfindings and tagging us @stullerinc.
Check out our recent Finding Inspiration blog posts for more design pieces with Stuller findings.
Finding Inspiration: A Custom Designed Mother’s Pendant
As jewelers, we have the opportunity to provide our customers with something completely unique and meaningful – something they will enjoy and cherish for a lifetime. Being with customers for great milestones and commemorative occasions is truly something special. Elizabeth Parker with Curt Parker Jewelers recently had the opportunity to share her experience of crafting a one-of-a-kind piece for a customer that takes those special moments and allows them to be with the customer forever.
Finding Inspiration is a campaign to inspire the inner designer within every jeweler and provide a spark of creativity for artisans throughout the jewelry industry. We are always in awe of what our customers are doing with Stuller findings and how they make unique pieces of jewelry. In this installation of Finding Inspiration, we take a look at the piece made by Curt Parker Jewelers and the story behind such a beautiful piece of art.
Curt Parker Jewelers: The Beginning
Elizabeth Parker and her husband Curt have been in the jewelry business together since 1976; however, this was not always their profession. When they got married, Curt was a design engineer and Elizabeth was a college professor. Shortly after their wedding, Curt decided he wanted to switch careers and become a trade jeweler. Elizabeth supported this decision, and it didn’t take long for her to join him in this new endeavor.
Although a teacher by trade at the time, Elizabeth was no stranger to jewelry design.
“I had started designing jewelry when I was 10 years old. I would make pieces and go door to door in my neighborhood selling them,” Elizabeth said.
Throughout her schooling, she had intentions to pursue an art degree when the time came to go to college. However, fear of not being able to support herself on a career in art pushed her to choose teaching. But as you can see, Elizabeth is an example of how our dreams sometimes have a way of coming back to us unexpectedly.
In the beginning, Curt and Elizabeth operated their jewelry business out of the basement of their home for 8 years before establishing their first brick and mortar location. After 20 years they moved into a larger free-standing location in St. Louis, Missouri, where they remain today.
“We have been doing almost all of our finding work with Stuller since our beginning,” Elizabeth added. “We do a lot of work with findings where we will take the basic pieces, like a basket setting, and create an unusual or different top that is unique to us.”
They have been Stuller customers for more than 35 years and are recipients of 13 national and international awards for jewelry design.
Close to a Mother’s Heart
For the specific piece we are highlighting, it all began with a custom request from a loving mother. In January of this year, a customer met with Elizabeth for her assistance in making a mother’s piece to commemorate the love she has for her family. She wanted the piece to include the birthstones of her husband, herself, her son, her daughter, and her daughter-in-law. Other than that detail, she left a large part of the design work up to Elizabeth.
From there, Elizabeth got to work. Because the customer is a gardener, she used a flower as inspiration for this piece. The final piece resembles a top-down view of a blooming flower in a pot where the stones are the petals.
The stones include 9x6mm oval-cut Aquamarine, Peridot, Amethyst, Rhodalite Garnet, and a 7mm Japanese Akoya Pearl. The stones are set on a 14K white gold pear-shaped setting with a scroll design (1904). The piece also included four setting strips (1061) set with 1.5 carats of diamonds. The bail (184) was added to connect the pendant to a chain. All metal was finished in rhodium plating solution (45-4142) to reduce tarnishing.
The findings used in this piece perfectly complemented the stones and design. For example, if you look closely at the settings used to hold the stone (1904), the scroll design resembles a flower. Even the tiniest details in the findings used in a piece can bring the whole piece together.
“We have developed our findings assortment over the years to include a wide variety of offerings so that jewelers and designers like Elizabeth are able to provide their customers with the piece of their dreams,” says Molly Kowalski, Stuller findings product manager. “In a custom piece, everything should feel cohesive in the design. The findings used set the foundation so make sure you have exactly what you need. Don’t forget that our team is here to help!”
Elizabeth’s Helping Hand
Elizabeth worked diligently to provide her customer with a piece to keep her family close to her heart. Along the way, Stuller was with her to help with any obstacles that came up.
“The biggest challenge was finding stones that fit a color palette,” she said.
Coordinating five gemstones of differing colors can be quite the challenge. However, Stuller’s Special Order Services worked with Elizabeth to hand-select stones in hues that complemented each other.
In the end, Elizabeth created a beautiful pendant her customer was thrilled with and is sure to wear with pride. Elizabeth was also careful to design the pendant with space to include future expansions to the family. Her customer’s family story is not yet complete, and Elizabeth will be there to assist her in telling that future tale.
Stories like Elizabeth’s is a large part of why Stuller continues our work today. A jeweler can provide a customer with something that truly touches the heart, and we want to be there every step of the way. From unique pieces to finished solutions, Stuller stands ready to assist jewelers at a moment’s notice however you may need us. Get started learning about the products and services we offer by visiting Stuller.com.
Share Your Inspiration
Did this month’s feature of Curt Parker Jewelers inspire you? Do you have a similar story you’d like to share with us? Join our community of artisans and jewelers using Stuller findings to craft unique pieces for their customers by posting pictures of your jewelry on social media using #stullerfindings and tagging us @stullerinc. Inspire others and share your creativity. Join us again next month for another installment of Finding Inspiration.
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Threadless Body Jewelry 101: Press Fit Posts Explained
The jewelry industry and the body piercing industry have much more in common than some may realize. While high-quality, hypoallergenic metals such as implant-grade titanium and surgical steel (and, unfortunately, low-quality nickel-based alloys) have dominated the industry, fine gold body jewelry has been on a sharp rise in recent years. If you thought all body jewelry was created equally, think again.
Just as all rings aren’t created equally, neither is body jewelry. As education grows awareness, so too does this golden opportunity. Precious metals command a far higher price point than both titanium and steel, which is great news for both retail jewelers AND body piercers.
But to get this deep dive started, we need to start with some basic terminology and explain why threadless body jewelry is so great to begin with.
Stick around to the end for a free downloadable ear piercing chart you can print for your store, for personal reference, or for customers to take home.
Externally Threaded vs. Internally Threaded Jewelry
To help you understand Stuller’s new Press Fit body jewelry, it helps to know about the two other types of body jewelry: externally threaded and internally threaded.
View the chart below to see the difference in their construction:
Many piercers consider externally threaded body jewelry unacceptable. They are often made from nickel-heavy “mystery metal” that can cause skin reactions — even in people who don’t typically react to nickel.
Externally threaded jewelry doesn’t smoothly pass through the piercing. When the jewelry is removed, the threads can cause trauma to the skin and let bacteria grow in the micro tears.
But there’s an equally safe alternative to internally threaded jewelry — one with some key advantages over internal threading — and Stuller is proud to add this type to our ever-growing assortment of findings. Enter Press Fit, Stuller’s new threadless body jewelry system.
“You just went over internally and externally threaded. Now you’re talking about threadLESS? What’s that?” you may ask. And I’m glad you did.
What is Threadless Body Jewelry?
Unlike externally and internally threaded styles, threadless body jewelry is exactly as the name implies: it has no threads at all.
These pieces are held together via tension created when the pin (sometimes called the post) is slightly bent and fully pressed into the tube back (in the body piercing industry, this part is typically called the post). Read on for an infographic that demonstrates how this works.
This unique construction offers an array of benefits for body piercings.
Why Choose Threadless Body Jewelry?
Threadless body jewelry’s key benefits are safety, security, comfort, and ease of changing up one’s look. Here’s are five reasons why you should choose this style:
Threadless jewelry is safe for piercings. The post’s smooth, threadless construction provides a clean, harmless pass through any piercing.
It keeps your jewelry secure and in place. Held by tension, threadless jewelry can’t accidentally fall out. It requires a bit of effort to remove, actually!
Threadless jewelry is comfortable. No more is poking an issue. Because threadless styles have a disc back, the stud rests comfortably and flatly against the skin. In select piercings, such as the tragus, this means the wearer can keep using earphones.
You can mix and match to explore your personal style. You have endless ways to mix and match a variety of decorative tops: ball ends, trims, diamonds, gemstones, and even dangles.
Wearers need only one back for one piercing yet can have a variety of decorative ends. This lets them create a versatile, ready-to-wear collection.
How Does Threadless Body Jewelry Work?
While Press Fit posts and backs may seem complicated, they’re actually quite simple once you understand the fit. Using tension created when the two components are pressed together, threadless jewelry secures into place.
Unlike traditional friction-back studs — which you insert from the front of the piercing, starting with the earring’s post — threadless jewelry works in reverse. That is, you insert the Press Fit back from behind first, and then you insert the pin from the front.
How to Take Off Threadless Jewelry
Hold both ends of the jewelry, and pull them in opposite directions. You may need to add a slight twisting motion. And don’t do it over your bathroom sink without a plug — these pieces are tee-tiny, and you don’t want to lose your precious jewelry down the drain.
Press Fit Posts and Backs
The newest addition to our immense findings selection is this Press Fit system. You can buy just the back, just the post, or both*. Solder a tiny trim or stone setting onto the post for a look your customers can quickly mix and match.
At the current time, we sell the posts and decorative ends separately.
Joining them together requires a smidge of soldering. These are not currently able to be ordered as a ready-to-wear style — but keep an eye on our site, as exciting things are coming for Press Fit!
Made in-house from SCS-certified 100% recycled metal
Back assembly is a 2.5mm struck disc with 18-gauge tubing
Available in 14-karat white, yellow, and rose gold
Two post lengths and four back lengths:
4mm post fits the 5mm and 6mm back
6mm post fits the 7mm and 8mm back
* Please note that at Stuller, we refer to the pin as the post, and the back is the tube + disc end component.
A Few Notes
First, know that Press Fit posts and backs are compatible only with each other. You cannot take a regular earring stud’s post and fit it inside a Press Fit tube. They will neither fit nor bend, unlike the Press Fit pin (post), which is ultra thin and moderately flexible.
Second, Press Fit posts and backs can be worn only in piercings that use straight jewelry. We recommend wearing these in select piercings:
Consult with a professional piercer to learn about which gauge thicknesses and size posts are best for which piercings. Piercings are not one-size-fits-all since all bodies are different.
Can I Use Press Fit With Other Piercings?
Body piercings that use curved or circular jewelry — such as navels, daiths*, snugs, rooks, eyebrows, and such — are not suitable for Press Fit posts and backs.
Why? A straight bar used in a curved body piercing puts pressure on the piercing, and the piercing may heal improperly — or worse, the wearer’s body may slowly reject the piece. This can leave them with a nasty scar and potentially affect whether they can have that specific location repierced.
* Despite its spelling, daith is actually pronounced doth. It rhymes with cloth, trough, and cough!
Download This Free Ear Piercing Chart
Share the knowledge! With this chart, you can inspire customers to get their next piercing, or maybe even open them up to one they didn’t know was possible.
Hand it out to customers when they buy a Press Fit post and back from you, or keep it near your Press Fit jewelry to show customers some options.
Note: If customers ask you where they should go to get a piercing, I recommend sending them to the Association of Professional Piercers (APP). This will help them locate a professional piercer who has passed the APP’s strict guidelines for membership.
Personally, I’m a fan of the triple-forward helix and the double tragus, both of which I had at age 19. However, my craziest piercings were the three-stone vertical industrials I had in each ear. I was a body modification aficionado back in college and still retain a lot of fondness for piercings.
A huge part of the appeal for me was that piercings allowed me to explore my creativity and change up any look within seconds. At my piercing peak, I had 22 and was just getting into 14-karat gold for them.
Who knew I’d end up at Stuller someday and discover we’re the supplier to many of the fine body jewelry creators I adored back then?
Oh, and yes — I used threadless jewelry in most of my cartilage piercings back then. I can attest to how secure, safe, and comfortable these styles are. In fact, the first time I tried taking one out my tragus, I thought the pin was stuck in the post for good!
As a jeweler, one of the most important things you can do is provide your customer with a piece that is unique and catered to their specific style. As we kick off Stuller’s March Bridal Madness, we wanted to spark your inspiration with how we have curated our findings collections to include modifications on similar styles so you can find exactly what you need for your customer. Customization is key when creating one-of-a-kind engagement rings. Giving your customer that customization factor is made so much easier when you have options.
Finding Inspiration seeks inspire the designer in every jeweler and connects the pieces that bring out the creativity in artisans and designers throughout the jewelry industry. We want to help you create unique and personalized pieces for your customer using Stuller findings. By looking at the variations within our shanks and settings, you are one step away from building your own branded line of engagement rings.
Modifications of a Simple Shank
What do we mean when talking about these modifications and variations within the findings line? Let’s begin with a simple diamond accented peg shank (SH447). There is so much you can do with this ring, such as adding a preferred setting and pairing it with the perfect band. But before we look at those finishing touches, decide if that shank is what you want.
If you like the simple and classic design of the accented shank, but are looking for a different profile or detail, there are options. The findings line carries variations of this design in rope (SH861), milgrain (SH858), knife edge (SH859), flat (SH870), and half-round (SH810). We are making it easy for jewelers to offer customization by developing product with the same geometry but slight design modifications to fit different customers’ wants and needs.
Modifications of a Simple Setting
Now that you’ve thought about what kind of shank you want to start with, consider what settings fit the design preferences of your customer. Just like the shanks, we are expanding upon our best-selling settings to include more shapes, sizes, and new design elements.
Keeping with a simple design, begin with a sculptural-inspired peg setting (28487). We have developed other settings based on this sculptural design to include a claw prong version (29228), a version with a gallery rail (2000475), a claw prong and gallery rail version (2000340), and a version with an accented gallery rail (2000365).
By mixing and matching these styles, you can not only create a personalized piece, but potentially your own branded line of engagement rings! There is so much more you can do with findings to modify similar styles and create something new. Get started at Stuller.com/Findings!
Piece by Piece™
If you’re interested in bringing your customer into the customization process, Stuller offers the perfect prototype selling system for you to integrate in your business. Piece by Piece – formerly referred to as the Magnetic Ring Builder – is Stuller’s interactive settings and shanks ring builder. Help your customer build their ring using magnetic settings and shanks that easily create the perfect match. Expansions to Piece by Piece are coming soon in April 2021 to provide even more combinations and options.
We want to be your resource and partner for all your customization needs. From providing you with the materials you need to tools that serve, you can count on us to help you make every piece something your customer will cherish.
Share Your Inspiration
We are inspired by the community of craftsmen, designers, bench jewelers, and artisans that help build the jewelry industry. Your creativity is worth sharing and we want to help. Share on social media how you have used Stuller findings to craft unique solutions and one-of-a-kind pieces for your customers. Be sure to tag us on Instagram @stullerinc and use the hashtag #stullerfindings for your change to be featured in a future edition of Finding Inspiration.
Finding Inspiration: Personalization With Petite Pavé
At Stuller, we are looking forward to spending this month celebrating love with our customers. Another busy holiday for jewelers, Valentine’s Day provides excellent opportunities for you to help your customers find unique pieces that help them express themselves or create a meaningful gift for someone special. The best pieces are those that are one-of-a-kind, but the process to make unique pieces does not have to be time consuming or complex.
Finding Inspiration is a campaign to inspire the designer in every jeweler. Using findings that you see every day, you can create the most beautiful pieces that are personalized for your customer. Have you heard of our petite pavé dangle collection? This assortment of dangles showcases personalization with letters and numbers, family and friendship with birthstones, and individuality with a variety of symbols. Combine these components with earring backs, hoops, wires, chains, and other findings to create a piece they’ll never forget.
Need help finding your own inspiration? We have you covered with four different ways to use petite pave dangles to create unique pieces of personalized jewelry.
Upgrade a Simple Hoop
A simple endless hoop (625) is a beautiful statement by itself but take it a step further by adding a personal flare. Easily slip on a dangle, such as an adorable bee dangle (2000939), and you have a new statement that tells a story. Be sure to show your customers how effortless it is to slide on new dangles to change up the look.
Create a Unique Drop Earring
As seen in our Valentine’s Day Gift Guide, you can add any petite pave dangle – such as a simple heart dangle (2000942) – to an ear wire (2000701) and suddenly you have a distinct new drop earring customized just for your customer.
Tell a Story With a Personalized Necklace
Using a split ring (OV2), switch out letter dangles (2000931) with ease on our new threader chain (CH1104) to make the perfect customized necklace. With a set of dangles, customers can tell a new story every day by exchanging the dangle on the chain.
Think Outside the Box With Stopper Beads
Another way to easily add dangles to a chain is by getting creative and using our new stopper beads as a bail (2001147). They keep things fresh and make individual necklace. For example, combine a birthstone dangle (2000898), a letter dangle (2000931), and a lotus flower dangle (2001057) to create an intriguing and personal story with meaning for your customer.
Save the Day With Petite Pavé
As you can see, there are endless options when creating simple, yet meaningful pieces with the petite pave dangle collection. Leveraging this collection is a great way to get repeat customers that are looking to expand their own assortment as well as helps you build a relationship with your customer. Make sure to show your customer just how easy it is to create multiple looks with just a few components and impress them with your sense of style.
Share Your Inspiration
Our community of craftsmen, designers, bench jewelers, and artisans is what Finding Inspiration is all about! You inspire us every day and we want to tell others about your creativity. Be sure to share on social media how you have used Stuller findings to craft unique solutions and one-of-a-kind pieces for your customers. Be sure to tag us on Instagram @stullerinc and use the hashtag #stullerfindings. You could be our feature in the next installation of Finding Inspiration.
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While many are still recovering from a busy holiday season, we know jewelers are diving headfirst into repair season. This month will bring plenty of repairs to your doorstep, which will be an opportunity for you to find inspiration in how to improve the functionality of your customers’ pieces. Embrace your inner artisan and think of ways you can make your customer happy with a repair that makes their life easier.
Finding Inspiration is a campaign to inspire the designer in every bench jeweler. This inspiration is not restricted to the creation of new pieces, but also to infuse your creativity in your repair work or other existing pieces. This month’s feature explores using this creativity in small, but meaningful ways.
Chain Components: Finding the Missing Link With These Creative Solutions
Repairs are more than simply fixing a piece of jewelry. They are the ultimate representation of your brand and your craft. A repair is also a prime opportunity to elevate your brand experience by infusing a little creativity into how you choose to approach the job at hand. Using a few of our new chain components, we present three new ways you can enhance a piece using Stuller findings.
Chain Extenders: Provide Value With Versatility
Chain length contributes significantly to the overall styling of any necklace. As you receive chain repairs this year, why not show them an adjustable chain extender (2001102:102S; 2001103:102:S)? Featured in our most recent issue of From the Bench, this little add-on provides your customer’s piece with versatility making it easier for them to mix and match any given chain with other necklaces to create a one-of-a-kind look. To get inspired by the potential stylings and to encourage your customers, check out the #neckmess hashtag on Instagram where you will find thousands of layered necklace looks.
Magnetic Clasps: Create Simple Solutions
If your customer is struggling to easily put on their bracelet or necklace, we have a solution for you. You can assist by recommending a magnetic clasp (28506:1010:P; 23714:1006:S). Our wide range of clasps vary in both style and strength. We also have styles with spring rings already attached so your customer can add or remove the clasp all on their own. A simple solution can be the difference that makes your customer enjoy wearing their jewelry more often.
Chain Tags: Add a Personal Touch
Chain tags notate the metal quality of the chain, but they could also be used to personalize a piece. Use one of our various engravable chain tags (23849:60003:S; 23848:60002:S; 2000852:1000:S) to engrave your customer’s initials, leave a memorable date, or even brand with your logo. Taking this extra step is an excellent way to further provide meaning and value to the piece.
Leave Your Mark With Noteworthy Repairs
Just like the fresh start 2021 is giving us, give your business a fresh start this year with a quality repair season. We hope you find new and creative solutions using Stuller findings. Whether you use the tips we gave today or other sparks of imagination, we wish you luck in crafting lasting relationships with your customers and providing the best service. For more tips and products to help you have a strong repair business this year, visit our website for special items we put together just for you.
Share Your Inspiration
Finding Inspiration is about you and our incredibly talented community of craftsmen, designers, bench jewelers, and artisans. We are inspired by your creativity and want to share your work! Share on social media how you have used Stuller findings to craft unique solutions and one-of-a-kind pieces for your customers. Be sure to tag us @stullerinc and use the hashtag #stullerfindings. We look forward to featuring more of your amazing work on a future installment of Finding Inspiration.
Find your inspiration with some of these recent blog posts:
Finding Inspiration: Micro Bezels Make For a Subtle Statement
While Stuller provides an abundance of finished jewelry that our customers are able to customize to suit their needs, we also notice a number of artisans using our products to create something entirely their own. We are inspired by their creativity and passion. It is this creativity and passion that pushed us to start this monthly campaign called Finding Inspiration.
Finding Inspiration seeks to inspire the inner designer in every jeweler. Our goal is to provide a behind-the-scenes look at the product we develop as well as showcase practical applications for using Stuller findings to build your own unique brand of finished jewelry. We have seen our customers do amazing things with findings and it’s this creativity that we hope to promote.
A Dazzling Earring Dangle Combo
This month, we’re featuring a stunning earring top and dangle that our team assembled to create a fun, articulated, finished earring. What works so well about this piece is that it caters to a couple of notable trends we’ve seen this year. First, “micro” jewelry is very much trending, especially among the younger generation, since these items are perfect for everyday wear. Second, earring stacks are a huge trend as people are wanting to express themselves more through jewelry.
Layered looks continue to be at the forefront of relevant jewelry trends and our ‘micro’ components collection is perfect for leveraging into price-point friendly statement earrings. Use findings to engage your customer in the design process; show them ways to mix and match components and loose stones to create something exceptional and meaningful.
This finished look combines components in a design that is both unique and economical. You can recreate this look using a tapered baguette earring top (2000806) and a straight baguette dangle (2000460).
Make It Your Own
The style we created was set with natural diamonds, however, you can make this look your own with any of our vast selection of stones. Add a splash of color with blue topaz or tourmaline to create a fashion statement. We make it super easy to modify the stones used in these pieces on Stuller.com. Not only are there numerous opportunities with adjusting the stones in this design, but you could also experiment with different shapes to further customize this piece. Just in time for the holidays, we have selected a curated assortment of our best-selling micro bezel components for you to craft your own on-trend style. Visit our collection on our website today!
Finding Your Holiday Inspiration
As we continue through the thick of the holiday selling season, we want you to know that we are here to support you in making your inspiration a reality. Visit Stuller.com/HolidayFindings to see our collections of findings that are perfect for all your holiday sales needs.
Want to learn more about utilizing Stuller findings to make your holidays merry and bright? Watch our Holiday Learning Series livestream below as well as read our blog post where our team helps you explore options and products available to you during this busy time.
Share Your Inspiration
This campaign is about you and sharing inspiration with our community of phenomenal craftsmen, designers, bench jewelers, and artisans. We want to see what inspiration you have to share. On social media, show us what unique pieces you have created using Stuller findings by tagging us @stullerinc and using the hashtag #stullerfindings for your chance to be featured in an upcoming installment of Finding Inspiration.