Necklace & Bracelet Clasp Types
Lobster Claw Clasp: As a traditional clasp style found in bracelets and necklaces, the lobster claw is generally reserved for heavier styles that may need added strength. The closure's shape is more oblong, similar to a teardrop shape, and is controlled by a tip that opens and closes the spring in the clasp. This type is also considered a more expensive finding that can add to the overall value of the jewelry piece.
Magnetic Clasp: The popularity of the magnetic clasp has greatly increased in recent years. It is a quick and easy way to secure jewelry while not having to fuss with a tiny clasp, which can be difficult if you have long fingernails, arthritic hands or other mobility challenges. A magnetic clasp relies on a strong internal magnet that works to pull both ends of the clasp together. In most cases, a magnetic clasp is used for light to medium weight jewelry pieces that do not put excessive stress on the magnet.
Slide Insert Clasp: This type of clasp is exactly as it sounds. With a box-like shape that is hollow on the inside, the wearer will slide the nearly-flat tab into the box until it clicks, indicating a secure closure. On some jewelry, a slide insert clasp will be accompanied by a side safety catch, which adds strength and security to the clasp. Although this type of clasp is found on both bracelets and necklaces, it is particularly popular on bracelet styles. These types of clasps are often reserved for more expensive jewelry.
Spring Ring Clasp: One of the most common closure types, the spring ring clasp is typically used for light to medium weight bracelets or necklaces. It is round in its design and features a small tip which controls the opening and closing of the spring. The circle then closes around another smaller loop or link at the other end of the strand.
Toggle Clasp: A toggle clasp is a narrow piece of metal, usually designed in the shape of a bar, which is then pushed through a circular ring to act as a fastener. Unlike the lobster claw or spring ring clasps, a toggle clasp is not controlled by a spring. The pretty design is less secure than other closure types, but is usually meant to be a big part of the design and is meant to "show". The clasp is an attractive way to secure a chunkier link bracelet or necklace.
Pronounced "vermay," vermeil is an electroplating process in which 14K gold or higher is coated over sterling silver. Officially designated by the jewelry industry, items may only be sold as vermeil if they have a minimum thickness of 100 millionths of an inch (2.5 microns) of gold over the silver. Regular gold plating is less than 2.5 microns.
The "vermeil" technique of plating sterling silver with gold originated in France in the 1750s. It differs from "gold filled" or "gold plated" in terms of the thickness or thinness of the microns over sterling silver. "Gold filled" pieces have a much thicker layer, between 15 and 45 microns, which is mechanically bonded to the base metal with heat and pressure. Vermeil is a more expensive version of "gold plated". It does not wear off as quickly as gold plating does. However, over time, vermeil wears off and therefore will require re-plating.
Gold/Platinum Embraced Silver or Bronze:
Our platinum and gold embraced collections feature layers of platinum or gold over sterling silver or bronze for a lustrous, radiant finish everywhere you look and touch.
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Necklace & Bracelet Clasp Types
About the Collection
Give your wardrobe a boost with the bold and mystical look of Yam Zahav™. Meaning "golden waters" in Hebrew, Yam Zahav is an Israeli jewelry line created by designer Amir Poran. Defined by movement, each piece is the result of Poran's lifelong passion for art, architecture, design and the natural world.
Amir's love of nature and the craftsmanship indicative of Israel and Europe stemmed from his experiences as a boy. Still a powerful influence on his work today, his recent fascination with deep sea fishing drives his current design, as does his fondness for his hometown of Clil, a small ecological village overlooking the beautiful and vast Mediterranean sea. Both serve as powerful inspiration for Yam Zahav.
Alive with delightful personality, every item Amir creates is a true work of art. Because each piece is crafted from 18K Gold Embraced™ bronze or sterling silver, you'll enjoy a stunning, high-end gold look at an every-budget price. The collection features a full assortment of jewelry, including bracelets, earrings, necklaces, bangles and rings. Travel to the ancient region of Israel and discover distinct designer jewelry from Yam Zahav.
About the Guest
Amir Poran was born and raised in the hills of Galilee in Israel. He began learning the craft of jewelry making at a young age and over the following decades, would gather inspirations from a variety of sources and life experiences. Amir's pieces represent his unique point of view, resulting in a jewelry collection that is nothing short of stunning.