I am curious to know what metal you all prefer for your clasps, bails and earring findings?
Do you have different preferences for items you buy vs. items you make yourself?
Gold or silver?
If silver, do you seek out Argentium?
If gold, white or yellow?
Also, what is the lowest karat you would buy? (In the USA 10K is the lowest karat that is still considered "gold" but in other countries there is 9K gold.) What is your most preferred karat?
I'll start first.
When I make jewelry for myself I tend to use 14K yellow gold-filled, vermeil, or sterling silver findings; I use gold-filled wire and Argentium wire also. I tend to take apart and rework my pieces after a while if I find I am bored with them, so the lower-cost metal findings are a good choice for me.
As time goes on I may replace some of those gf/vermeil findings with 14K gold for the jewelry pieces that have stood the test of time.
When I buy pearl jewelry, however, I only buy yellow gold findings, 14K minimum, but I loooove 22K gold.
How about you?