Four Clasp Types: Lobster Clasp, Spring Ring Clasp, Adjustable Clasp and Bolo Clasp

Clasp Types

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A key feature on your chain necklace or chain bracelet is the clasp. The clasp can vary depending on the weight and look of your jewelry piece. Although there are a wide range of clasps to choose from, we're going to focus on four of the most common types of necklace clasps: the lobster clasp, the spring ring clasp, the adjustable clasp and the bolo clasp. A lobster clasp got its name because of its resemblance to a lobster's claw and comes in a variety of styles and sizes. This clasp is a spring loaded, self-closing clasp that is a popular choice for everyday jewelry that's light to medium weight. This clasp is opened by simply pushing down on the lever with your thumb, releasing the clasp and allowing the bottom section of the "claw" to swing inward. A spring ring clasp is found with all different kinds of jewelry pieces. This clasp is a metal ring with a spring mechanism. To open, pull back on the small lever and the spring will compress, leaving an opening so you're able to slide a jump ring or tab inside. Although the spring ring clasp is very versatile and secure, it can be difficult to fasten on bracelets one-handed. An adjustable clasp is a hook-and-eye clasp with an attached length of chain. This extra length of chain allows a designer or the wearer themselves to fasten the necklace to their desired length. A bolo clasp is featured on bolo bracelets and lariat necklaces. A bolo has adjustable sliding clasps, also called sliders, that make it easy to vary the length and style of the necklace or bracelet.

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