Types of bracelet clasps

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Types of bracelet clasps
There are many types of bracelet clasps. (silver bracelet image by Thor Jorgen Udvang from Fotolia.com)

There are many types of bracelet clasps available in the world of jewellery. Some are just used for their function, while others are designed to complement the bracelet. It can be important to consider the type of bracelet clasp a piece of jewellery includes before purchasing it.

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Hook and Eye Clasp

The hook and eye clasp is recommended for heavy, bulky bracelets. It includes a hook on one end of the bracelet, and a loop called an "eye" on the other. To secure the clasp, the hook is placed through the eye. The better-functioning clasps contain a hook that is bent properly to keep it from slipping out of the eye. The eye can come in many shapes; a common one resembles a figure eight.

Lobster Clasp

The lobster clasp is among the most popular closures for bracelets. It looks similar to a lobster claw, and works with a spring mechanism that can be opened by the push of the lever. It secures the bracelet by linking with a loop at the opposite end of the piece. The lobster clasp is known for its strength, which is why it is commonly used in all types of jewellery. Due to the way they function, it can be difficult for some people to open and close them with one hand.

Types of bracelet clasps
A lobster clasp can be difficult to operate with one hand. (collier fantaisie image by YvesBonnet from Fotolia.com)

Magnetic Clasp

Magnetic clasps are a newer why to keep bracelets secure. They are easy to use, and involve two magnetic pieces that are attached to each end of a bracelet. Magnetic clasps are sometimes cheap and do not hold the jewellery together well, which may mean a misplaced bracelet. These are also not recommended for use by women who are pregnant or those who have pacemakers, due the strong magnetic field they create.

Spring Ring Clasp

A spring ring clasp is similar in function to a lobster clasp. However, the shape is different, as the ring is circular. The closure works with a spring mechanism and lever. Push down on the lever and insert the other end of the bracelet into the ring to properly secure it. They can be difficult for bracelet wearers because the ring has to be opened with one hand.

Types of bracelet clasps
Spring ring clasps offer strength to secure a bracelet. (necklace clasp image by Alison Bowden from Fotolia.com)

Toggle Clasps

Toggle clasps are a popular choice with which to close a bracelet. They can be created in many designs and styles, enhancing the beauty of the jewellery. The toggle works by inserting a bar into a ring. The bar should be long enough that it overlaps the circle at both ends. If there is little overlap, it is likely to become unsecured.

Types of bracelet clasps
Toggle clasps complement a bracelet. (Sodalite beads image by Rose from Fotolia.com)

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