There are a variety of different necklace clasps available, each with their own style of design. Some necklace clasps make a stylish statement when used in jewellery design, whilst others serve a more practical purpose of being easier for people with dexterity problems to open and close. If you’re making necklaces and designing your own jewellery, it's important to know about different types of necklace clasps.
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Lobster or Trigger Clasps
Lobster or trigger clasps are widely used on many necklaces. They come in a range of sizes and designs, from small and fiddly to large and easy to use. Lobster clasps work by the wearer pushing down on a small trigger at the side of the clasp, which then opens the lobster claw. The chain or jump ring at the end of the necklace is inserted into the jaws of the lobster claw, which shut securely around it, fastening the necklace and keeping it in place.
Bolt Ring Clasps
Bolt ring clasps work in a similar way to trigger clasps, but are designed in a circular manner. A small trigger opens up to allow space for a jump ring or necklace loop to be inserted. When it’s closed, the necklace becomes secure and fastened. Bolt rings tend to be small in size and can be quite fiddly for some people to manage.
Hook and Eye Clasps
One of the simplest forms of jewellery clasps, the classic hook and eye has been in use for centuries. The hook is designed to simply be hooked over the eye to secure the necklace. This clasp is easy to use, but is not the most secure form of necklace clasp, as it can easily come undone--a worry on expensive pieces of jewellery.
Magnetic clasps are fitted with small magnets that fasten easily and securely when they are pushed together. No triggers need to be pushed, making magnetic clasps a perfect choice for anyone with dexterity issues or arthritis in their hands.
Barrel clasps are produced in two halves that come together to form the shape of a small barrel. Each half of the clasp is attached to the ends of a necklace. To do the necklace up, the two halves of the barrel clasp are joined together, usually by screwing them. Some barrel clasps can be a bit small and fiddly to use, but they do fasten a necklace securely.
Toggle clasps come in two parts, with one piece being an open centred piece and the other a long t-bar. Toggle clasps can be plain and simple or ornate and decorative and can create a statement when used in necklaces. They are easy to use, as the t-bar is simply pushed through the open toggle at an angle. Once through the hole, the toggle can’t come undone unless the t-bar is pushed back through, which is unlikely to happen accidentally.
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