A name chain (namenskette) is an amazing and sentimental gift. It contains an image, engraving or a name. It can either be the wearer’s name, a pet, location, or any other sentimental name. Name necklaces, like different types of necklaces, come with clasps. This post covers the most common name chain clasps.
Types of necklace clasps
Whether it is a name or image chain, all necklaces need a clasp. The clasp is the element used to tie the necklace around your neck and keep it in place. The market features a wide range of necklace clasps. Below are some of the most popular types of necklace clasps:
1. The barrel clasp
This type of clasp is made up of two metal pieces that screw together to tie the necklace. Each chain end is attached to one side of the metal pieces. When they are screwed together, they resemble a barrel, hence the name. Barrel clasps are pretty versatile, and they come in a wide range of finishes and sizes. The clasps can also be decorative.
It is also worth noting that barrel clasps usually are simple and can be made from solid silver or gold. Also, they are designed to match with other types of jewelry you are using. For instance, if the rest of the jewelry is made with gold, the barrel clasp will also feature gold. However, like any product, barrel clasps also come with some drawbacks. The main drawback with this barrel clasp is that you cannot fasten it with one hand. This means that you would have to seek assistance from another person when putting it on.
2. Spring ring clasp
Spring ring clasp is one common necklace clasp type used for a wide range of jewelry pieces. It features a metal ring with a spring mechanism. You must first pull back on a lever, and then the spring will compress to open the clasp.
This will cause an opening to develop, after which you will slide the ring aside. On the other hand, lever releasing will cause the lock to close automatically. This type of clasp is secure and very versatile. However, it’s challenging to fasten using a single hand. It is also relatively small.
3. The lobster claw clasp
As the name suggests, this type of clasp resembles a lobster claw. It is characterized as a spring-loaded and self-closing form of necklace clasp. It comes with a lever that you have to push down on the lever with your thumb, and the nether of the claw will swing inward.
To close the lever, all you have to do is release the lever. These types of clasps come in a wide range of sizes, like swivel styles where the clasp can rotate up to 360 degrees independently. This type of clasp is ideal for making jewelry that tends to move around a lot, like anklets and bracelets.
Other types of necklace clasps:
- Magnetic clasps
- Fishhook clasps
- Toggle clasps
Note that the type of clasp used on a necklace affects how easily you can wear or close the necklace. It also affects how well the necklace stays in place as it moves around your neck.