Types of Clasps

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    Types of Clasps

    Designing jewellery is a creative outlet for people with time and patience to create something beautiful. Choosing beads, metal, threads and gemstones allows creative juices to flow. When constructing necklaces, bracelets or anklets, the jewellery designer needs to choose a clasp to secure her creation.

    Complete your jewellery design with a pretty clasp. (Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

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    Barrel Clasps

    Barrel clasps secure necklaces with one-half of the barrel clasp screwing into the other half of the barrel clasp. Other forms of barrel clasps attach with a magnetic connection. The barrel clasp looks elegant and simple and will add style to any necklace, bracelet or anklet. The twisting motion needed to secure a barrel clasp usually requires the help of another person on necklaces and bracelets.

    Barrel clasps are beautiful and simple. (NA/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

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    A toggle clasp works well for bulky and thick jewellery. The hook on a toggle clasp is in a "T" shape that fits into a ring. To attach, slide the toggle into the ring sideways. The straightened toggle cannot fit through the ring, which is how the piece of jewellery is secured on the person wearing it.

    Toggle claps work on heavier jewellery. (Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

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    Hook and Loop

    The hook and loop clasp secures a piece of jewellery by hooking two ends together. One end of the clasp is a ring or loop. The other end of the clasp is a piece of metal formed in a "J" shape. The hook and loop jewellery clasp is simple to use, which makes them easy to put on and take off without the help of another person.

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    Spring Ring and Lobster Claw

    The ring clasp and lobster claw clasp are very similar and both use a spring-loaded lever. To secure a necklace with a spring ring or a lobster claw clasp, you need to push down on a lever. On a ring clasp, the lever opens up a space on the ring, which attaches to a loop on the other end of the piece of jewellery. Release the lever to attach. The lobster claw works similarly, but the lever moves a bar down to open up a space to attach to the loop.

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