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Fold Over Clasps

Fold Over Clasps:Fold over clasps are hinged clasps that fold back over onto themselves for a secure hold.

Spring Ring Clasp

Spring Rings: The spring ring clasp consists of a round loop with a small tab on it. When you push the tab down, the loop opens up to allow a jump ring or other loop to be attached. Spring ring clasps are generally only for single-strand pieces, and usually do not work well for larger multi-strand pieces. They are excellent for use in lighter, more delicate designs made from small crystals, pearlsand tiny gemstones.

Barrel Clasps

Barrel Clasps:These clasps are also known as screw clasps, because one half of the clasp is threaded and the other acts as the receptor, similar to a nut and bolt.

S Clasps

S Clasps: An s-hook clasp consists of three pieces. An s-shaped component and two rings that slide onto either end of the "s" shape. S-hook clasps are generally better used for heavier pieces, because, similar to the toggle clasp, unless there is sufficient weight to keep the rings in place, the piece may fall off. There are many different and decorative style of s-hook clasp available. You can find them with engraving, set with gemstone cabochons, and in a variety of precious and non-precious

Slide Lock Clasp

Slide Lock Clasp:A slide lock clasp consists of two bars, each with a set of loops on one side. The two pieces slide into each other and friction keeps them together. These clasps are very secure, and are ideal for multi-strand projects. Because the loops are spaced with a small gap in between each one, they are perfect for keeping several strands of beads from getting tangled when you are wearing your finished piece. Slide lock clasps can be found in both sterling silver and gold-filled

Box Clasps

Box Clasps:A box clasp, also known as a tab clasp, consists of two pieces: a small tab and a round or square box component that the tab slides into and locks. Sometimes there is also a small hook around the opening where the tab slides into the box component to ensure that if the tab somehow manages to slip out, it will not fall apart. These clasps are made for both single and multi-strand projects, and they can be found with a variety of gemstones set in them.

Lobster Clasps

Lobster Clasps: Lobster claws are also another very popular style of clasp. These come from the distinctive shape of the clasp - elongated and resembling the shape of a lobster's claw. These clasps are usually very secure, and are suitable for most types of strung projects. They work well with lighter and more delicate pieces. They do require some type of jump ring or split ring for the clasp to latch on to, and you can also substitute a small loop of seed beads if no jump ring or split ring is

Hook and Eye Clasps

Hook and Eye Clasps:A hook and eye clasp is very similar to an s-hook clasp, except it consists of only two pieces - a hook and a loop to which it attaches. If you use this type of clasp with a lighter-weight necklace (such as freshwater pearls, crystals or tiny gemstones), you will want to use a smaller size hook and eye clasp.Hook and eye clasps are generally easy to fasten, and come in a variety of styles, sizes and materials. There are clasps that can accommodate multi-strand as well

Swivel Clasps

Swivel Clasps:Similar to lobster clasps with an end attachment that swivels. Commonly used in lanyards or on our bridle tags.

Toggle Clasps

Toggle Clasps: Toggle clasps are two-piece clasps that are attached to opposite ends of a piece of jewelry. One section of the clasp is formed into a circle or other shape with an open center. The other half is a thick bar that attaches to the components at the other end. When you insert the "T" into the circle extends past the circle's edges to hold the jewelry in place.

Magnetic Clasps

Magnetic Clasps:Magnetic clasps use an extremely powerful magnet to secure the two halves of the clasp together. Because this magnet is so strong, they are not recommended for use by anyone who has a pacemaker or other cardiac device used to regulate the heart. Because they are so strong, they can be used in lighter and more delicate creations to ensure that they stay put. Some magnetic clasps can also be embedded into other materials such as polymer clay or beaded around to create custom

Crystal Pave Magnetic Clasps

Crystal Pave Magnetic Clasps: Magnetic clasps with inset crystals and rhinestones.

What is the difference between glass, rhinestone, crystal and Swarovski

History of Rhinestones Rhinestones were originally called Czechoslovakian and Bohemian glass beginning in the 13th century. The Czech glass eventually became known as rhinestones. By using different kinds of metals, these man-made gems were colored and made into highly refined glass. Rhinestones were also referred to as paste because some rhinestones were made of ground glass that was molded, melted and then formed into an opaque dense glass stone.Use of Rhinestones Rhinestones are used to e


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Beaded Bracelet

Usually made from loose beads with a center hole and connected by a piece of string or elastic band through the holes.

Slap Bracelet

A slap bracelet (or snap bracelet) is a bracelet consisting of layered, flexible stainless steel bistable spring bands sealed within a fabric or plastic cover. The bracelet can be straightened out, making tension within the springy metal bands.

Tennis Bracelet

A tennis bracelet is a flexible bracelet with diamonds (usually of the same size) set closely together, one after the other, all the way around its circumference. Although the term typically refers to diamond bracelets, you'll see colored gemstone versions tagged with the same name.