Types Of Jewelry Clasps

Creating a piece of jewelry involves making many decisions along the way. You have to choose your colors, your style, the size of your piece and more. One thing that often gets overlooked, but is incredibly important, is the type of jewelry clasp you decide to use. There are many options to choose from and some are better suited for certain projects than others.


Ball Clasp

Also called a bead clasp, a ball clasp is a round, spherical jewelry fastener. Sometimes adorned with gemstones or texturing, ball clasps provide a decorative closure which flows with the design of a necklace or bracelet.

Barrel Clasp

A barrel clasp is a small barrel or torpedo-shaped closure which fastens two ends together through a screw, box or hook-insert mechanism.

Box Clasp

A box clasp involves a tab inserted into a decorative box. Usually with some kind of safety to secure the closure, a box clasp is traditionally used for tennis styles and hinged bracelets.

Fish Hook Clasp

A fishhook clasp is a delicate fastener that involves a hook inserted into an oval encasing. This style of closure creates a fancy look for lightweight necklaces and bracelets.

Hook Clasp

A hook clasp uses an easy hook-on, hook-off motion. A curved piece at the bottom of the hook catches onto a loop or circle to hold it in place.

Lobster Clasp

Named after the pinching style of the hook, a lobster clasp is often shaped like a lobster's claw. Work the lever to open the clasp and release it to close.

Pus Button Clasp

A push button clasp "clicks" into place. The mechanism relies on a lever or button which needs to be pushed In order to release the closure.

Spring Ring Clasp

Invented in the early 1900s, a spring ring clasp is small and highly effective. It's a hollow circular metal fastener with a spring opening that keeps the clasp closed.

Buckle Clasp

Sometimes used as a clasp for leather or material bracelets, a buckle clasp features the same mechanism as a classic belt buckle. The buckle straps one end through a loop and secures it with a hinged prong that inserts into a hole and rests against a metal frame.

Concealed Clasp

A concealed clasp is one that is hidden within the design of the piece, so as to not interrupt the flow of the appearance.

Ladder Clasp

A ladder clasp is an old-fashioned fastener used for watches. With one end-piece resembling a two-spoke ladder, the fold over side can be hooked into one of two slots to adjust size.

Swivel Clasp

A swivel clasp is a type of lobster clasp that can turn 360 degrees at the base.

Slide Clasp

A slide clasp secures closure with two bars that slide into a locked position.

Magnetic Clasp

A magnetic clasp relies on a magnet to hold the necklace or bracelet together, allowing for easy-on, easy-off closure.

Toggle Clasp

A toggle clasp is a two-piece jewelry fastener that closes when a t-shaped or decorative bar is threaded through a circular loop. This stylized clasp type often serves as the centerpiece of a design.

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