I no longer comb through operating manuals and polices for errors, however, I do find that as a jewelry artist, I still love to focus on the small details in my work.
With a lot of jewelry that I make I choose to make my own findings - the jump rings, hooks and clasps, etc.. If a client requests a premade spring clasp I'm perfectly fine with that and will create the piece to their specifications. However, I do find a lot of joy in making even the simple (and often overlooked) parts of a jewelry piece look beautiful. In the picture I've shared I created a hook out of copper wire, hammered it for durability and strength and then did some wirewrapping with small beads to complement the bead colors in the rest of the necklace. In this particular case the clasp is visible as it hooks into a copper flower that's meant to be worn on the side or as a pendant at the bottom of the necklace. However, I've been known to do similar work even with hooks and clasps that will always be at the back of someone's neck. Why? Because it makes me happy and I really feel a sense of pride in my work.
This, I feel, is what truly sets me apart as an artist and makes even the most simple piece I create more valuable than anything you could find at the local big box store or department store. I hope that by showing you how much of my heart and soul I put into something as mundane as a hook you can see that I will only sell you my best work. This focus on detail is echoed through every part of an earring, bracelet, ring, pendant or necklace that I make. I want you to love each piece of jewelry you buy from me, and, I want that piece of jewelry to bring you joy for years to come.