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Types of Jewelry Clasps

One of the most underappreciated features of a piece of jewelry is its clasp. A jewelry clasp, or jewelry fastener, is the mechanism that allows a necklace or bracelet to easily be put on and taken off without causing any damage. Some fasteners are meant to be hidden, while others are a key element to the design. Here's a list of the different types of jewelry clasps you'll find in the Ross-Simons collection:

Classic Jewelry Clasp Types

Ball clasp Ball Jewelry 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 Closed Barrel Jewelry 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 Box Jewelry 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.

Fishhook Clasp Fishhook Jewelry 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 Hook Jewelry 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 Lobster Jewelry 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.

Push Button Clasp Push Button Jewelry 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.

Springring clasp Springring Jewelry Clasp

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

Special Fine Jewelry Clasps

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 Ladder

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

Swivel clasp Swivel Jewelry Clasp

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

Slide clasp Slide Clasp

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

Magnetic Magnetic

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

Toggle clasp Toggle Jewelry 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.

Clasp-Free Jewelry

Some necklaces and bracelets are designed to not require a clasp. Here are some popular clasp-free jewelry styles:


Endless necklaces have a clasp-free design which allows for a truly uninterrupted flow. These necklaces, commonly bead or pearl, are long enough to slip over the head without struggle and can often be wrapped multiple times to create a layered look.


Slip-on bracelets are bangles or cuffs that have a wide opening. Simply squeeze your hand inward and slide the bracelet on. When you relax your hand, the bracelet will stay securely on.


Stretch bracelets are an adjustable style that relies on a coil or elastic cord. These bracelets stretch and conform to fit most wrists.