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Bayonet catch for cable necklets


We’re adding a silver cable necklet option to our pendant range and
have a couple of questions. This chain is the first time we’ve used a
bought-in item, as we generally make everything heRe: catches,
earring and brooch findings etc.

Also, some the CONSIGNMENT outlets that we sell at (fine craft and
contemporary jewellery galleries) make a point of prefering handmade
work over factory-made. It’s a pride thing with them, or maybe the
traditional chain look is outside the realm of what they consider
contemporary (although stainless steel cable seems to slip through
the critical net). So in order to sell a factory-made silver cable
necklet through our contemporary jewellery galleries we would need to
make the catch.

  1. What’s a reasonably quick way to make a bayonet-type catch?
    Cutting the slot looks like the tough part. Any tips here? This type
    of catch is good with the cable as it continues the stiff ring-like
    look’n’feel in the whole necklet. A jump-ring+bolt-catch would not
    do. The bayonet catch I’m thinking of is illustrated in the Rio
    Grande Gems and Findings catalog Aug 2002 P421, and is basically two
    sizes of tubing fitting together, the smaller one is crimped onto the
    cable, and an ‘L’ shaped slot is somehow cut into one part, and a
    small peg soldered onto the other part. Of course there’s the ‘unique
    friction clasp’ shown on the previous page in the catalog, but I’d
    rather tackle the bayonet-type catch.

The WHOLESALE outlets that we sell at (museum stores etc) are
probably okay with complete cable necklets. So:

  1. How can we calculate what markup to put onto a cable necklet?

B r i a n A d a m a n d R u t h B a i r d
518 South Titirangi Road Auckland NEW ZEALAND
ph/fx +64 9 817 6816


Hi Brian, I’ve fallen in love, then back out of love with cable for
hanging necklaces. I’ve used both sterling silver and 14k gold
cables. I like the nice, clean modern look. I’ve grown very
frustrated with their tendency to develop a kink where the weight of
the piece hangs. This happens evening in showing and displaying, not
just customer wear. Makes them a little hard to display, as well,
since the cable has to be fully round. It’s possible my pendants were
too heavy or the cable too light, but I liked the look. I’ve
switched back to snake chain, which I find is more resilient and

Just one guy’s observations…

Dave Sebaste
Sebaste Studio and
Carolina Artisans’ Gallery
Charlotte, NC (USA)


Hi Dave Many designers and store owners in general like the rz-tt (
which has en extra shine)


other two very popular styles, which ours are laser soldered are
the Rolo and the traditional wheat ( almost like the old fashion
staple chain we use to make as kids).


(by enlarging you can get better detail). Since prices are wholesale,
you will need to log on first. I hope you like them too. Haim