How to Spot a Quality Chain Clasp
- Common Types of Chain Clasps
- Lobster Clasp: A Timeless Option
- Open Box Clasp: Best for Big Chains
- Spring Ring Clasp: Great for Everyday Wear
- Magnetic Clasps: Strong and Convenient
- How to Spot a Good Chain Clasp
- Separate Links
- Quality Metals
- No Green Necks
- Check Reviews
- Get the Finest Chains with the Finest Clasps for Your Fit
When you’re shopping for quality chains, construction and design are everything. While the links are undoubtedly important, the clasp often gets overlooked, but it shouldn’t be.
Clasps are what keep the chains functional. Without one, the chain can’t hang securely around your neck, and you’ll either need to have the clasp repaired to you’ll have to buy an entirely new chain.
On the other hand, you can also keep an eye out for a quality chain clasp when you’re shopping. If you’re looking to spot a solid clasp, we got you. Today, we’re going to cover everything you need to know so that you can rock your new chain with confidence.
Let’s get into it.
Common Types of Chain Clasps
Lobster Clasp: A Timeless Option
Lobster clasps are the most common types you’ll find when you’re shopping for chains. They resemble a lobster’s claw and feature a clasp that remains closed until a lever is pushed to open it.
The shape of a lobster clasp can also vary. You’ll find some that are longer and slimmer, called rectangle lobster clasps. A classic version will be rounded and more circular. The functionality does not change between the two, but some brands may feature one or both in their collection based on aesthetic preference.
When you’re thinking of buying a chain with a lobster clasp, look for ones that have a smooth operation, a lever that isn’t too small or too large, and a seamless attachment to the rest of the chain. If you notice any splotchy-looking patches of metal near the clasp, this means that it was probably welded cheaply and not designed for long-term endurance.
Open Box Clasp: Best for Big Chains
An open box clasp, also known as a box clasp or box-and-tongue clasp, is a type of closure commonly used in jewelry. The open box clasp consists of a small box or cube-shaped compartment on one end and a flat plate or tongue on the other. The tongue is inserted into the box and snaps into place, often with the help of a small hinge or spring mechanism that holds it securely.
Because they’re usually larger in size, you’ll find them most often on pieces that have a greater width. They provide an extra level of support and will keep a heavy chain from de-clasping and falling off when you’re going about your day-to-day.
That doesn’t mean that box clasps are exclusively for big chains, though. There are many smaller versions out there that provide the same level of support that their larger counterparts do. If a worry-free clasp is what you want, you won’t find better peace of mind than a box clasp.
Spring Ring Clasp: Great for Everyday Wear
Spring ring clasps are the most commonly used type of clasp, with a round shape and small diameter. It consists of a small loop attached to one end of the chain and a spring-loaded clasp on the other that pushes inward to lock in place.
These are great for everyday wear because they’re small and don’t get in the way, meaning you won’t feel any extra bulk around your neck. Additionally, these clasps are relatively easy to use – just press the clasp inward to open it and away from the loop to close.
Though spring ring clasps are typically fairly secure, they can come undone if pulled on too hard. If you’re planning to wear a heavy chain, it might be best to opt for another type of closure instead – like the box clasp mentioned earlier.
Magnetic Clasps: Strong and Convenient
If you’re looking for a convenient clasp that’ll still keep your chain securely around your neck, magnetic clasps are the way to go. Though they might look small and unassuming, these clasps can be surprisingly strong – depending on their size.
Magnetic closures consist of two parts: one part stays permanently attached to your chain, while the other part attaches to it magnetically. The two parts come together easily, making them an incredibly convenient choice for everyday wear.
How to Spot a Good Chain Clasp
A brand that uses cheaper, low-quality clasps is more likely to not add any customizations to them. They’ll often be welded to the link quickly and will break off if not handled gently.
If you’re checking jewelry clasps, look for ones that feature the brand’s logo or signature embellishments on them. This shows that they’ve taken the time to develop a strong closure with plenty of endurance for wearing on the daily.
As we said above, you’ll find most cheap clasps hastily welded to an ordinary link in the chain. A quality clasp is built into its own specific type of link so that it not only looks cleaner but it will also last longer.
These special links are also typically thicker and more durable than regular ones. That way they can better support the weight of the clasp without snapping over time.
The quality of your chain’s clasps will largely depend on the type of metal used in their construction. In general, it’s always best to go for metals that have been treated and/or plated with additional layers of metal to make them stronger and more resistant to wear.
For example, at GLD, we make our clasps from solid gold, gold vermeil, or use a base of 316L surgical-grade stainless steel and then plate them with yellow, white, or rose gold. This results in a durable clasp that you can rely on for daily wear.
This brings us to our next point. A high-quality chain clasp should also match the color of the rest of the chain. This shows attention to detail and ensures that the clasp does not stand out or detract from the overall aesthetic of the jewelry piece. It's a subtle yet significant sign that the brand cares about the final appearance and isn't merely focused on functionality alone.
Beyond color, the clasp should be made from the same metal as the chain. This is not just a matter of visual harmony, but it also speaks to the overall quality and durability of the piece.
Different metals have varying levels of strength and resistance to wear and tear. A chain clasp made of the same metal as the chain ensures uniform durability across the piece, reducing the risk of the clasp being the weak spot.
No Green Necks
Like with other parts of a chain, clasps made from cheap metals can cause an allergic reaction or turn your skin green temporarily. This is because these metals are often not treated with additional layers of hypoallergenic metal and can react with moisture on the skin.
To avoid this, look for chains made from materials like solid gold or stainless steel. The extra treatment and coating on these metals make them more resistant to wear and tear while also protecting against allergic reactions.
When you’re shopping online vs. in-store, you have the luxury of reading reviews from other customers before making your decision. Check what other people have said about a chain you’re interested in, and look for consistent mentions of positives and negatives.
For example, if more than one or two people keep mentioning a flimsy clasp, you might want to keep searching elsewhere. On the other hand, if enough reviewers praise the quality of the clasp, that’s an indicator of quality.
Get the Finest Chains with the Finest Clasps for Your Fit
At GLD, we’ve invested the time and effort to create the finest chain clasps in the game so you can always upgrade your fit with confidence. To get started, shop our full range of gold chains or hit us up anytime for more info.