Pendants are staple jewelry pieces that are a part of any designer collection worth its name. Although pendants are usually thought of as small and rather simple, there are a lot of components that make the pendant structure functional. Here’s a brief guide to know pendants.
Typically placed at the center of the yoke, the clasp assembly is the area of attachment where one end of the strap meets the other. It secures the chain and allows the pendant to hang around one’s neck. The clasp assembly is usually concealed when the pendant is worn as it is placed behind the neck. Lobster clasp and the hook and eye clasp are the two most widely used types of clasps. Fun Fact – There are necklaces without clasp assembly and they are called Lariat necklaces or rope necklaces. Such necklaces are usually quite long, sometimes 34 inches, and can be easily looped around the neck.
Sometimes the chain becomes slightly different as it nears the clasp. It may become thicker and extend into large loops in order to accommodate the clasp (depending on its variety). That rear part of the chain is known as Yoke. It accommodates the clasp assembly in its entirety. Sometimes the design may be so subtle that the yoke may be difficult to tell apart from the rest of the chain.
The Frame is everything left of the chain after you remove the Yoke and the clasp assembly. It is also the most clearly visible part of the chain. The main pendant dangles off the Frame with the use of a bail (explained below).
The chain comprises everything mentioned so far: the yoke and the clasp assembly and the frame. It is the linear component of any necklace, which is also referred to as the ‘strap’. While the main body of the pendant (center piece) usually falls at the center of the chain, this isn’t always necessary. Sometimes the frame supports multiple pendants, giving the necklace a fuller look.
The bail attaches the centerpiece to the chain. Tube bails, clip-on bails, fixed bails, hidden bails and slide bails are some of the varieties. Bails are only used in drop pendants (in other styles the canvas is welded with the chain). While bails serve an important technical function, they are often used to enhance the aesthetic features of the pendant structure. Bails may be embellished with smaller gemstones or their metal may be cut and molded into different patterns.
Also known as the focal point, the centerpiece is the show stopper. It may consist of a single solitaire gemstone or may be set in a complex design containing multiple gemstones and metals. The centerpiece may be suspended from the chain by use of a bail or the design itself may be welded into the chain. The centerpiece is inarguably the most important component of a pendant/necklace.
Embellishments comprise of all the design components in the pendant. From the center piece to the side stones to little designs on the bails, everything is included in this umbrella term. Embellishments are an important part of any piece of jewelry as they add to the overall aesthetics.
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