In almost all necklace designs, the weight of the clasp is significantly lighter than the pendant. The uneven weight distribution (heavy in the front, light in the back) can cause the clasp of the necklace to slip around. The goal of a Balance Bead is to help keep the clasp of a necklace at the back of the neck by more evenly distributing the weight of the total necklace. That's why we call it a necklace counterweight.
Since the goal is to evenly distribute the weight of the total necklace, the weight of the Balance Bead really matters. If the bead is significantly heavier than your pendant, it will pull back your necklace. If the bead is significantly lighter than your pendant, it won't really help. If you've purchased a set of Balance Beads, you know that a set comes with two beads: a small bead (for very lightweight pendant necklaces) and a large bead (for heavier pendant necklaces). But did you know that we used to make three sizes?
Back in the early days of our product testing, we made three Balance Bead sizes: the two sizes available now and an additional smaller size. That tiny size weighed only 2 ounces. We thought it was needed for extremely delicate necklaces. However, we found that when a Balance Bead is that lightweight, it doesn't help at all. We discovered that the lightest weight that would work is 2.8 ounces. It doesn't seem like much of a difference when you're looking at the numbers but it makes a world of difference when you're actually wearing it. With that knowledge, we said goodbye to the little baby Balance Bead!
Wondering why the finish looks so different on the discontinued baby Balance Bead? I promise to cover that in a future post!