All About Jewelry Clasps
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A Visual Dictionary of Jewelry Clasps
CLASP: A small device, typically metal, to hold jewelry pieces securely closed when being worn.
Vintage Clasp Samples Card
Box Clasps aka Tab Insert Clasps aka Tongue and Groove Clasps
Decorative box clasps can add so much to a necklace, especially if your hair is short or in an up-do.
Hattie Carnegie necklace, the clasp is a focal point
Miriam Haskell, the clasp is a focal point at the front of the necklace
Miriam Haskell bracelet, the clasp is a huge focal point
Hook clasps are often stamped with country of origin or designer's name
Wide Hook Clasp on Silver Bracelet from Mexico
Fold-Over Clasps snap shut for added security
SPRING RING CLASPS
Spring Ring Clasps work with a tension mechanism is pulled back to open and released to close
This Napier spring ring clasp has a bar running across the inside with the Napier hallmark stamped on it
Spring ring clasp marked gold filled
The patented Miriam Haskell clasp is a type of spring ring clasp
LOBSTER CLAW CLASPS
Lobster Claw Clasps are variations of Spring Ring Clasps
Smaller lobster claws, with round levers date to the 1970s and the larger ones with the flat levers are newer
Toggle Clasps are simple designs; the bar fits into the ring and piece closes
Sister Clasps work by threading both parts over a jump ring
Pin Clasps aka Pin & Groove Clasps aka Slide Clasps
Pin Clasps work with a bar that slides into grooves on both sides of the jewelry
Barrel clasps are sometimes called Torpedo Clasps, they are barrel shaped when screwed close
Found in ancient jewelry; rarely seen today
This c-clasp from the early 20th century, has a safety lever
Trombone clasps work by pulling the pin from the barrel and inserting the pin stem before closing shut
FISH HOOK CLASPS
Fish Hook Clasps or Box and Hook Clasps can be confusing. The hook fits into and around a small bar and then twists and locks into place when pushing inward
This fish hook is for a triple strand necklace
Padlocks work either with a tension bar or a key
Two Walter Lampl padlocks; they open with a tension mechanism in the handle
Two padlocks which need a key to open
PIN AND BARREL CLASPS
Pin and Barrel Clasps, when the pin is pushed into the barrel, it locks in place
Coiled clasps work like key-rings, you thread one end through the coil until the piece is fully closed
Snap Clasp aren't very common in jewelry, but they can be found. They simply clasp closed
THANK YOU: Sandy Campbell, Colleen Abbott , Yolanda Dewijk, Melissa Hatfield and Cindy Deeter for providing photos for this blog article
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It would have been nice to note some dates on them. Otherwise, I like the pictures and identifying names.
Thank you for posting such a lovely visual of so many types of clasps. Your effort is truly appreciated.
No mention of the unique clasp on the vintage Eisenberg Bracelet clasps!!
How to lock them is the question??
Nicely done. A great survey of clasp styles.
Beautifully done, well presented!