One of the essential components of making jewelry is the clasp that joins two ends of a necklace or bracelet. There are many types of clasps that can be used for security, style, and ease of use.
This article is an introduction to the various types of clasps that you can use in jewelry design, and the pros and cons of each clasp. Most jewelry clasps are made of metal with some way to fasten the two ends. However, technically, you can make a jewelry clasp out of any material that will fasten together including ceramic clay, buttons, leather, or string.