bail | ˈbāl
The connector at the top of a pendant, which allows the pendant to hang from a chain or jump ring
Bails are a feature of specific jewelry types (primarily necklaces) that are intended to attach to a stone or pendant. Typically, the bail is centered on the necklace where the pendant will hang. The most common bail allows a chain to flow through, and is then attached by a ring to the pendant. Bails are offered in various forms. For instance, some may clip onto the pendant, while others have a base to glue the pendant to. However, some bails may simply attach to a ring on the pendant. The primarily role of a bail is to flatten the pendant while being worn. Bails are derived from various materials, mostly metals, such as brass, sterling silver, gold, and pewter. Furthermore, bails are created in numerous sizes and styles, some examples include: folding donut bail, casting or puressure donut bail, bond-on donut bail, wire wrap donut bail, safety pin bail, headpins, “Y” bail with pegs, and flatbed bails.