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A bail is piece of metal or wire, often made of sterling silver, that is designed to showcase a specific bead or pendant. You will need a bead or pendant that has a pre-drilled hole because the bail is designed to go into the pendant or bead hole and then be suspended from a chain. There are bails in many sizes to accommodate both different sized beads and pendants and different size chains and cords. If you are using a bail for a valuable piece, you should make sure the bail is made of a strong metal and will stand up to the weight of the pendant or bead and that it will withstand the test of time.