Jewelry-Making DIY Basics – What is a Pearl Clasp?

New jewelry designers will increase faster as they serve the terminology of various jewelry-making components. Find the right components faster, project professionalism to potential customers and improve your jewelry making credibility using the right terminology.

Definition of jewelry deposits

In the jewelry industry, "finding" components of jewelry are less than a finished piece.

Definition of Clasp

A jewelry lock is a two or more piece of jewelry finding designed to connect the free ends of a necklace, bracelet or anklet. Clamps differ from S-hooks, hooks and eye closures and switches because there is a lock between the two ends of the jewelry piece which is more positive than tying an S-hook and hook and eye closed or putting a safety chain on snap lock.

What is a Pearl Clasp?

A pearl clasp comes as a result of bead bands, although they can now connect a single strand or several strands of beads, beads or jewelry chain.

A bead clamp has at least two parts – a body or "box", plus an insert that locks into the body, sometimes referred to as "bracelet stick". The body can be simple – a polished rectangle with at least one hoop ring at the end opposite the bracelet – or it can be very fine with filigree patterns or corrosion. The lock insert can be a hook that must fit around a pin before it locks into the body or it can be a folded insert that is inserted directly into the buckle. The number of hoop rings on the bracelet set should match the number of hoop rings on the body.

Some bead clips also have additional security provided by a figure eight and one pin. The figure eight, which looks more like a pop bottle, attached to one side of the lock, clicks over a pin attached to the other side of the lock.

Pearl Clasp Materials

Pearl clips of precious metals – gold, silver and platinum – have traditionally been used. In recent years, pearl dresses have become available for the DIY Jewelry market in brass plated with silver, gold, antique copper, antique brass, gun metal, imitation rhodium and nickel.


Pearl clips are available in a variety of shapes, designs and prices. Anyone who learns what pearl clips are and how they are used will affect a professional knowledge and attitude when making jewelry.