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Choosing Clasp and Earrings from Bella Findings for New Takahashi Pearls

newtojewels

Shiny_Rock
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I've posted a million photos of these so far in the Livestream thread, but I'm looking for a white gold clasp for my new Takahashi 7-7.5mm gem luster with light kizu bracelet. I see a lot of bracelets with ball clasps, are there any disadvantages to them? I'm deciding between the clasps below but of course am open to other suggestions. My biggest worry with the inexpensive ones is that they'll be too flimsy for a bracelet since they don't weigh very much. I was looking primarily at 8mm clasps though one option is only 7mm.

Here's the bracelet strung with a temporary small lobster clasp which is a nightmare to fasten on myself:
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Clasp options:
7mm ball clasp for $34.66 (weighs 0.33g):
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8mm matte ball clasp for $60.69 (weighs 0.41g):
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16x7.5mm X clasp for $104.80 (weighs 0.84g):
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8mm diamond spiral for $152.43 (weighs 0.96g):
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8mm plain spiral for $105.16 (weighs 0.77g)
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8mm diamond accent matte ball for $193.97 (weighs 1.15g)
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I'm also trying to decide what to do with the 8-8.5mm earring pearls. I have small earlobes, see the photo below for my ~8.5mm floral studs, so I'm reluctant but not unwilling to just set them into plain studs. I've never worn pearl studs and typically prefer dangling earrings.
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My Moline 7.5-8mm natural whites dangling from hoops, so I want something different from these:
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It looks like this finding can hang from a regular stud? And it's inexpensive so that's a plus. The only white metal studs I have right now are the diamond/paraiba clusters but of course that could change:
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To make the earrings into something like this:
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Otherwise I'm considering something like this setting which I think is really fun but I don't know if I can source it:
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I also like these from Pearl Paradise, though I don't know the cost of the setting alone. The pictured pearls are the same size as mine:
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If I were to do plain studs, is this a good setting? Is a 7mm cup the right size for 8-8.5mm pearls? Any suggestions for a back?
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Thank you in advance for any thoughts/help!
 

lulu_ma

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I love the enhancer option.
 

pearlsngems

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newtojewels

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WenPearls has this 14K white corrugated ball safety clasp in sizes ranging from 6mm to 10mm, at lower prices than Bella Findings:


The weight isn't posted, but I bought one of these once for a pearl necklace and it works fine.

Oh thanks! I'm definitely going to throw that into the mix. I bet the corrugations help it be stronger/hide dents more than the plain round ball clasps.
 

CMN

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@newtojewels i have ball clasps purchased from Bella Findings for three of my necklace strands. I have been happy with the quality. I can’t speak to a bracelet though. I note you said that you were looking at a 8mm ball clasp. However, I would personally chose a ball clasp in the size range of your pearls (I assume the smaller 7mm pearls are on the end of the stands and will be next to a clasp fitting) so 7mm. I think this will make the bracelet look cohesive as opposed to a larger clasp which, given a size mismatch between the pearls and a 8mm ball clasp will make the ball clasp stand out.
 
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