The way a necklace attaches is not as straight forward as you would think. There are actually a ton of different clasps to connect your jewelry. Here are 13 different types of necklace clasps. Each has its different features to fit different specific needs. How could there possibly be that many? Read on to find out.
- TOGGLE CLASP
Characterized by having two different pieces: a “T” shape on one end and an open shape (most of the time, circle). It is often used on heavy jewelry, a toggle clasp is perfect if you want to add a refined delicacy to your piece. This type of clasp comes in a variety of sizes and there are some with embellishments (perfect for the artsy types). Here is one of our best selling jenny bird necklaces that has a Toggle Clasp
- MAGNETIC CLASPS
True to its name, the clasp contains magnets which attract one another and snap together to secure the necklace in place. It comes in a variety of styles (some even have rhinestones in it), sizes, and shapes that will surely suit your needs. Our designer Dafne is known for her signature magnetic clasps.
- S HOOK CLASPS
S hook clasps are among the oldest types of necklace clasps. Its name come from its form - a simple “S” shape that is designed to attach one end of a jewelry piece to the other end.
If you’re looking for a clasp to be used in lightweight necklaces, you may want to consider box clasp. It has a tab which is inserted into a box. It comes in a variety of styles, one of which is a box clasp with safety chains which helps prevent the tab from pulling out causing jewelry to drop off.
- LOBSTER CLAW CLASPS
Resembling lobsters’ claws, lobster clasps are spring loaded and self-closing. The lobster clasp comes in different sizes and styles, including a swivel style that allows the clasp to rotate 360 degrees. It is also a very popular choice for everyday jewelry. Here is a Jules Smith necklace that we have on sale that has a lobster clasp.
- SPRINGRING CLASPS
One of the more popular clasps, spring-loaded clasp are used with a chain tab to complete a clasp. You have a wide variety of sizes to choose from - from simple single-strand to more complicated multi-strand designs.
- SLIDE LOCK CLASPS
Comes with a set of tubes, one of which coming from the name itself “slides” inside the other to secure jewelry in place. It comes in different styles, one of which is the bar style multi-strand clasps that can hold a large number of strands of chain, thread, beading wire, and the like.
- SCREW CLASPS
Screw clasps are characterized by a threaded screw closure that looks like a bead that is similar to a barrel clasp. It also comes in a wide range of sizes.
- BUTTON TOGGLE CLASPS
Button Toggle Clasps come with a loop of cord, as well as a set of matched buttons. In order to close the clasp, the cord of leather is used to loop around the other button.
- CRIMPING CLASPS
Crimping Clasps are clasps that are crimped on ends of beading wires or cords. Hook-and-eye clasps, lobster claw clasps and magnetic clasps can be considered crimping clasps.
- SNAP AND BUTTON CLASPS
If you are looking for a necklace clasp that are low profile and won’t tangle on your hair or clothes, snap and button clasps are perfect for you. It has a hinged clasp that folds and locks with a snap.
- BARREL CLASPS
Like a barrel, barrel clasps are made of two metal pieces that screw together to close - each part is attached to one end of the jewelry piece. A versatile clasp - it comes in many shapes and finishes.
Who knew there were that many different necklace clasps? If you are thinking about making your jewelry you may be interested in how to choose the specific clasp. Now it’s time to treat yourself and shop. Get inspiration from this season’s best jewelry trend. Good luck!