Clasps are integral pieces to any necklace or bracelet and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Bringing both ends of the necklace or bracelet together to a secure close, clasps don't always have to be purely functional. Many clasps are integral parts of the overall design of the necklace or bracelet. Learn all about necklace & bracelet clasp types with Zoara's clasp guide.
Box clasps are two-piece clasps that open when the exterior side lever is pushed, compressing the mechanism so that it slides out of the opening. To close, simply push it back in and it will easily click into place. While not as strong as other clasps, such as the lobster claw, box clasps are ideally suited for both necklaces and bracelets and can be highly decorated.
The buckle clasp is simply a buckle, similar to one you would find on a watch. A buckle clasp works particularly well for bracelets. One end of the bracelet has a horseshoe shaped piece of metal with a bar in the middle, while the other end has holes or notches. Simply insert the notched end of the bracelet into the metal end and place the metal bar into one of the holes to secure. Buckle clasps can sometimes be difficult to close but are ideal for bracelets.
The hook and eye clasp is a simple hook on one end of the bracelet or necklace and an "eye" piece on the other end which is usually shaped like a figure eight. Hook and eye clasps work well for both necklaces and bracelets but is typically not as secure as other clasps such as the spring clasp.
Probably the most popular clasp, lobster claw clasp is a secure clasp ideally suited for both necklaces and bracelets. This clasp has a small spring mechanism that keeps the arm or claw closed. Lobster claws are easy to open and can be styled to fit the design of the bracelet or necklace.
A magnet clasp is a simple clasp that uses magnets at both ends of the necklace or bracelet. When the ends are brought together, the magnets quickly snap shut. Magnetic clasps are secure, easy to close and work well for both necklaces and bracelets.
The oval trigger clasp is similar in function and look to the lobster claw clasp with the exception of its oval shape. This clasp is suited for both necklaces and bracelets, is very secure and easy to use.
The s hook clasp consists of a dramatic s-shaped piece of metal on one end of a necklace or bracelet. On the other end is an opening like a hole or square. The s-shaped piece simply hooks into the other end of the necklace or bracelet. This type of clasp can be used for both necklaces and bracelets and can be a highly decorated piece. While it is relatively easy to use, it is not as secure as other clasps.
Spring clasps are probably the most widely used clasps when it comes to necklaces and bracelets. This clasp opens when a small lever is pushed backwards along a circular ring. On the other end is a small ring or hoop. Simply push the lever back and latch the open section through the hoop and close to secure. Spring clasps are ideally suited for necklaces and bracelets, they can be difficult to close, but are very secure.
The toggle clasp works well with both necklaces and bracelets and can he highly decorated to match the style of the jewelry. On one end of the bracelet or necklace is a metal piece with a thick "bar", while the other end has an opening such as a hole or square. Simply insert the bar into the other end to secure. These types of clasps are not as secure as other clasps but are easy to use.
A beautiful design, the fancy lobster clasp securely hooks your necklace or bracelet. This jewelery clasp allows you to easily close your piece of jewelery with one hand. To close, simple pull back on the handle and link it to the hook on the other side of your item. The fancy lobster is one of the most popular jewelery clasps.
This jewelery clasp features a simple clipping function for your ease and convenience. The designer lobster clasp closes securely. A common jewelery clasp, this designer lobster style fits with any necklace or bracelet.
Caring for your clasps is no different than your regular jewelry care. To keep your jewelry shining bright, clean your Necklaces and Bracelets with a professional jewelry cleaner or wash in warm soapy water. Remember to keep your jewelry in a safe, clean location and make sure your clasps are functioning properly and securing correctly.