Six Common Types Of Clasp Used In Jewellery
With bracelets, chains, necklaces and anklets, you want a piece of jewellery that is practical in the way that it is easy to put on and take off. Most of these items of jewellery are fitted with clasps which can come in a variety of different types, with each having its own specific benefits and characteristics. Let’s take a quick look at just six of the different types of clasp fittings that can be found in jewellery.
One of the most popular types of clasp which I’m sure many of you are familiar with is the lobster clasp. A lobster clasp gets its name from the fact that it is almost shaped like a lobster claw. This type of clasp uses a lever which can be pulled down with your fingernail and opened up to allow it to be hooked to a round end cap or round ring. Lobster clasps are among the easiest to use clasps though may not always be for smaller versions if you do not have long fingernails.
Bolt Ring Clasp
Bolt ring clasps, also known as spring Ring clasps, are a very popular and practical selection for thinner necklaces and bracelets and a great alternative to lobster clasps. A bolt ring clasp is made with a hollow ring which uses a springing lever and catch to allow you to hook and attach the other end of your bracelet or necklace easily.
Box clasps are often used as a fitting for a tennis bracelet or Cuban link chain and features a small box with an opening for a tab on the other side of the chain/bracelet to slot in and secure. They also usually have a latch on either side of the clasp which is squeezed to attach to the box and give the clasp that extra security.
A toggle clasp is made up of an open ring which is secured by a bar on the other end of the bracelet/chain that threads through the open ring to secure the clasp. This type of clasp is more commonly found in bracelets and is often designed to add style to a piece of jewellery.
A bayonet clasp consists of two tubes which attach together by twisting them together. This type of clasp is often very secure and can also feature a small button to release the clasp. Bayonet clasps are relatively easy to use and are most often found on necklaces and bracelets.
Magnetic clasps are quite self explanatory in the way that they use a magnet on each part of the clasp, which attracts one another to lock together. This type of clasp is arguably the least fiddly and easiest clasp to use. The magnets used in this type of clasp are very strong to ensure that the piece of jewellery remains secure, yet can easily be taken apart when pulled making it easy to take the piece of jewellery off.
These are just six of a wide variety of different clasp types. Which of these styles of clasp do you prefer on your jewellery? Or do you prefer a different type of clasp? Don’t be shy to leave a comment and get a discussion going or leave your own point of view!