Your Guide to Using (& Understanding) Jump Rings in Permanent Jewelry

Your Guide to Using (& Understanding) Jump Rings in Permanent Jewelry

When I first started doing permanent jewelry back in 2022, the most difficult thing for me to understand, and arguably the most important, was jump rings. I didn't understand the sizes and numbering, or how to choose what size to use and why. As an instructor, I find this is one of the most common misunderstandings of newbie permanent jewelry artists. Choosing the correct jump ring can effect your jewelry functionally as well as visually, but the most important consideration is that of safety. If you use a jump ring that will not break if needed at a certain level of force, it can be dangerous to the wearer.
This in-depth blog was written to enhance your understanding of jump rings and their critical role in welding permanent jewelry. Jump rings are fundamental components in creating durable and visually appealing jewelry pieces. Their correct selection and usage are pivotal for the efficiency and quality of your creations. This guide aims to demystify jump rings and provide you with the necessary knowledge to choose them wisely for your projects.

Understanding Jump Rings

At the heart of efficient jewelry welding lies the mastery of using jump rings. These small but mighty components can be perplexing at first glance. However, grasping their sizing and application is crucial for achieving a seamless look in your forEVER jewelry pieces. The essence of selecting the right jump ring revolves around matching its size, particularly its width, as closely as possible with the width of the chain links you are working with.

Key Jump Ring Terminologies

To navigate the world of jump rings with confidence, you must be familiar with two essential terms:

- Gauge: This term refers to the thickness of the wire used to make the jump ring. It's important to note that the gauge numbering might seem counterintuitive at first, as the higher the gauge number, the thinner the wire. Understanding this will help you select the appropriate thickness for your jewelry's design and functionality needs.

- Diameter: This is the measurement across the jump ring, from one side to the other, passing through the center or the widest part of the ring. The diameter determines the overall size of the jump ring and is a critical factor in ensuring it fits perfectly with the pieces you are connecting.

To clarify:
- Diameter equates to the ring's width.
- Gauge corresponds to the wire's thickness.

Jump Ring Sizes Used in Permanent Jewelry

Familiarizing yourself with the jump ring sizes that can be used in permanent jewelry will streamline your selection process. Here are the sizes that can be used safely:

- Diameters: 2.3mm, 2.5mm, 2.8mm, 3.0mm, 3.5mm
- Gauges: 22 gauge (0.64mm), 24 gauge (0.511mm), 26 gauge (0.4mm)

These sizes offer a range of options for different chain styles, ensuring you can find the perfect match for your needs.

Selecting the Right Jump Ring

When choosing a jump ring for your welding projects, consider both the gauge and diameter in relation to the chain links or components you're joining. A well-selected jump ring not only contributes to the aesthetic appeal of the jewelry but also its structural integrity. The goal is to achieve a balance between strength (gauge) and fit (diameter) to ensure your jewelry withstands wear while looking cohesive and polished.

Mastering the selection and application of jump rings is a skill that will significantly enhance the quality and efficiency of your permanent jewelry application. By understanding and applying the principles outlined in this guide, you'll be well-equipped to make informed decisions, resulting in superior craftsmanship in your forEVER jewelry pieces. Happy welding!


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