What is a TOGGLE Clasp | Jewelry Designer

(bright pop music) – This is Jill Maurer
with Your Jewelry Minute and today I’m answering the question, what is a toggle clasp? A toggle clasp is a way to clasp or close a piece of jewelry and usually it’s used on a bracelet or a necklace
and it consists of two parts. The first part is a T, we call it a T. It can be a number of shapes but it’s usually long and thin, and then the second part is an open part and it’s usually round but
it can be a different shape. So this bracelet, my Prelude Bracelet, is a toggle clasp so I’ll show
you up close how this works. So this is a toggle clasp
and you have this part called the T and this is the open part. And for me, I have designed it as a bone, because this is just part
of my Bones Collection, and the way that you do this is you just put one end through, pull it, and then it sits there and it clasps. And then to undo it, you pull on this and just let it go back through. Now the two parts can
be a variety of shapes, you might be familiar
with Tiffany & Company’s heart and arrow necklace where the arrow is the T and the heart is the open part. And you can do all kinds
of clever things like that. You know, I do bones because a lot of my motifs are bones. And the T part can be decorated, it can be all metal, it
can have stones on the end and actually so can the other piece. What are the pros and
cons of a toggle clasp? The pros are it’s pretty easy to use. It’s a pretty easy thing. And also it is decorative. It’s pretty in and of itself. So sometimes rather than
wearing a toggle in the back, the toggle will be the decorative piece on a necklace that you look at. The downside is they can fall off. There have been problems with
some of them falling off. The trick is to make the
hole part, that open part, just big enough to get it through, but not so big that it opens. And that is, you know
as a jewelry designer I can tell you, it is sort
of a tricky little thing because you want it to be easy enough to take off and put on, but not so easy that it just falls off. And that’s true with any clasp you create. This has been Your Jewelry Minute. If you have a jewelry question for me, just ask me in the comments below. Until next time. (bright pop music)

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