The clasp is the hook piece of a necklace that keeps it fastened in a continuous loop so that it can be worn.
Depending on the weight of a piece of jewelry, where it is worn, and the style of the piece, an artist will choose an appropriate clasp.
We feature five basic types of clasps in our store:
Hook and Loop: Can be made by hand with wire and pliers. Very simple to clasp together. Can come undone if hook is bent out of shape.
Barrel Clasp: Simple and unobtrusive. The two halves screw together.
Spring Ring: The classic, round clip clasp. Fairly standard. Sometimes difficult for those with arthritis.
Lobster Claw: Secure and elegant. Clips closed over a jump ring. Sometimes difficult for those with arthritis.
Toggle Clasp: Can be bulky, but is great for heavier pieces. The weight of the piece pulls the bar tight across the ring at a secure, perpendicular angle.