Of course, they named them jump rings…

These jumpy devils can put up a fight!

Have you ever noticed that names can sometimes gift amazing powers? I have  dear friend who named her handsome male cat “Baldur” after a Norse God, the beautiful and invincible son of Odin and Freya. Baldur the kitten was a bit of a Don Juan, romancing all the cats in the household and eventually caught in an embarassing moment with his owner’s sheepskin rug. Even after he was fully grown, Baldur was the father of litter after litter of kittens. even when she thought she had FIXED the issue. However, the beautiful (and invincible) cat just kept working his way through the female population on her street, much to the disgruntlement of neighbors…

So, looking down at the pile of sterling silver split rings, I have to wonder who decided to call these dratted things “jump rings,” anyway? I have spent the last two hours carefully sawing apart hand wrapped sterling wire and chasing them across my jeweler’s bench and onto the floor. In this process I have bumped my head, knocked over a set of tools, and greatly amused my husband and cats with my aerobics. (It is also possible that I may have created a few new terms for “Darn…not again!” – but I’ll keep those to myself.)

Was it possible that the name “jump ring” came about because of a bench jeweler who growled “These damned things keep jumping everywhere!” Or…did an unwary soul name them jump rings and imbue them with the magical power to scoot across benches, evading jewelers for the rest of time?


About moonkistdesigns

I'm a resident of upstate South Carolina, and live with a spoiled and opinionated Doberman named Remington, a Chihuahua mix who thinks she is a Doberman, and several really rotten cats! I have a muse that wakes me up with jewelry designs in the middle of the night, and a studio that is my favorite place in the world. I first began my jewelry career when I was 10. I started out cutting cabochons (they're the rounded-non faceted stones) at the local gem and mineral club in Augusta, GA. When I turned 14, I took silversmithing and fabrication lessons from a local bench jeweler, and I've been making jewelry ever since! From 2005-2008 I taught beginning silversmithing at Earthspeak Arts Jewelry school in Asheville, NC. In 2008, I started Moonkist Designs and now I enjoy creating artisan crafted mixed metal jewelry! Please visit our store at www.moonkistdesigns.com; or our Etsy store at www.etsy.com/shop/moonkistdesigns, www.etsy.com/shop/moonkistcreations, or www.etsy.com/shop/moonkistgallery.
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