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The lowdown on Clasps.

Jewellery Clasps: A Comprehensive Guide

Jewellery clasps may be small, but they play a crucial role in the functionality and aesthetics of your precious pieces. Whether you're a jewellery maker or a wearer, understanding the different types of clasps can elevate your experience. In this comprehensive guide, we'll delve into the world of jewellery clasps, exploring their styles, options, suitability for beaded jewellery, and the pros and cons of each type.

Bracelets and necklaces tend to be finished off with somewhat similar clasps.  There can be a wealth of choices available where this is concerned.  If your item is a beaded one, be aware that regardless of the beading thread, many if not all will stretch or weaken over time. So it's worth always checking close to the clasp if that is starting to become an issue. If so, please contact me, as I'm more than happy to strengthen any whether made by me or not.

1. Bolt Ring Clasp

Style: Simple and functional, the bolt ring clasp features a loop with a small side lever for easy opening and closing.

Suitability: Ideal for lightweight necklaces and bracelets, especially pendant chains.


- Affordable and lightweight.

- Widely used due to its simplicity.


- Heat can damage the lever mechanism.

- Smaller sizes may be challenging for those with dexterity issues.

2. Lobster Clasp

Style: Resembling a lobster's claw, this spring-operated clasp is stronger and heavier than the bolt ring.

Suitability: Perfect for heavier pendants or longer chains.


- Durable and secure.

- Suitable for expensive pieces.


- Not ideal for lightweight chains or large jump rings.

3. Trigger Clasp

Style: Rounded and baroque in shape, the trigger clasp offers a generous opening for better functionality.

Suitability: Great for heavier weight chains and pendants.


- Aesthetically pleasing.

- Better functionality with larger jump rings.


- Can be heavy and more expensive.

4. Magnetic Clasp

Style: Concealed magnets hidden in decorative cases create a seamless closure.

Suitability: Commonly used for bracelets and necklaces.


- Easy to fasten.

- No need for intricate mechanisms.


- May not be suitable for heavy pieces.

- Not suitable for anyone with metal implants and/or pacemakers etc.

5. Box Clasp

Style: A two-piece clasp that slides into place and locks securely.

Suitability**: Often used for pearl necklaces and multi-strand designs.


- Sleek and elegant.

- Provides a seamless look.


- Requires precision when aligning the pieces.

6. Toggle Clasp

Style: Consists of a bar that fits through a ring or loop.

Suitability: Popular for chunky bracelets and statement necklaces.


- Unique and decorative.

- Easy to manipulate.


- May accidentally unhook.


Choosing the right clasp depends on your jewellery's weight, design, and personal preference. Consider aesthetics, functionality, and durability when making your selection. Remember, a well-chosen clasp ensures that your jewellery stays secure and enhances your overall experience.

Next time you fasten your necklace or bracelet, appreciate the tiny clasp that holds it all together—a testament to both form and function in the world of jewellery.

(1) A Guide to the Different Types Of Jewellery Clasps - The Bench.

(2) 11 Types Of Necklace Clasps: How To Choose The Right One.

(3) Types of Jewellery Clasps & How They Work | Oliver Bonas.

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