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All About Clasps

August 7th, 2012 · 3 Comments

A jewelry clasp is just as important as any other part of a design. The clasp is the final touch, the perfect ending to a beautiful look, so it’s imperative to have just the right style. This decision can be a little intimidating if you’re not sure where to start, so we’re here to teach you a little more about the different types of clasps. The type of jewelry you make will also help determine what type of clasp to use, along with aesthetic flair and color coordination.


Box Clasp
Like the name suggests, box clasps are multi-dimensional, giving your designs a pop of texture. This two-piece style, also sometimes referred to as a “buckle,” can be used for both necklaces and bracelets, but will look more attractive on bracelets because they are meant to be seen. One end slides into the other and clicks into place for a secure hold.


Hook and Eye Clasp
This is another two-piece clasp, with one “hook” end that slides into the open “eye” ring on the other end. This elegant style is ideal for necklaces with bold focal points. These clasps often come with small rings fused to each end, which can attach to jump rings to complete the jewelry design.


Lobster Clasp
The lobster clasp is a traditional style for both necklaces and bracelets. It gets its name because it resembles a lobster claw. Also known as a trigger clasp, this self-closing clasp is easy to open and will not detract from your design. The spring-loaded trigger ensures a secure hold. You can use it for simple, dainty ideas and attach it to a jump ring or chain link.


Magnetic Clasp
A magnetic clasp has a secure hold while making removing jewelry simpler. Use it for bracelets to get jewelry on and off in a snap. These clasps should NEVER be worn with a pacemaker, so be advised if making jewelry as a gift. These clasps are also great for simple designs and come in different shapes and finishes.


S-Clasp
The S-Clasp is shaped like an “S” and is one piece. This style is ideal for necklaces since it can easily be slipped off. Because of its simple shape, an S-clasp is perfect for complementing simple designs or to finish an elaborate idea that won’t detract attention away. Simply hook jump rings or chain links through the curved ends to finish a piece.


Toggle Clasp
Another two-piece clasp, the toggle clasp is made up of one loop shape and one bar shape. The bar slides into the loop and locks in place to secure the piece. Toggle clasps can be used for bracelets, but may be hard to take on and off. Use this style in necklaces with a bold feel or one with a dramatic focal.

Now that you know a little more about clasps you’re closer to attaching the perfect ending to your piece! You can always find great information in our Learning Center Resources page, like glossary terms, helpful videos and so much more!

-Marissa

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Heather // Aug 7, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    I love detailed closures…but…I’ve found most of my customers prefer simple lobster claws. When I first began making jewelry I used toggles and other interesting closures but soon switched to the lobster claw. For my bracelets I prefer a magnetic closure, of which it is often difficult to find a good and strong one!

    Interesting post…
    Cheers

  • 2 Lin // Aug 11, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    I used a magnetic clasp once on a bracelet and was always losing the bracelet to such things as grocery carts, metal door jams, anything strongly metallic. I changed it to a toggle clasp and have been satisfied since. I then used the magnetic clasp on a light necklace and have been satisfied with its performance. I wonder if I had made the bracelet too loose for my wrist. Even tho the toggles are not as easy to use on bracelets, I like the look of them rather than the lobster claw. Next I am going to try a button and loop for a bracelet closure. Neither the claw nor the toggle is easy to close – I am not sure the button n loop will be any better. The magnetic worked easy, but I was always worried I would not notice when it attached itself somewhere else and I’d lose my pretty bracelet.

  • 3 Sharon Hunter // Aug 12, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    I like lobster clasps for necklaces, especially when I am using stones and more expensive beads, or silver findings. I like the look of unique toggles on bracelets. In my experience, they are not such a good idea on lightweight bracelets, because the tension between the 2 ends is what helps keep them closed. A lightweight loose fitting bracelet is apt to come undone! I have also noticed that a little longer toggle bar, is more likely to help the clasp stay closed.

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