More on Clasps I like to use

I particularly like to use a bead clasp where the mechanism is hidden in a bead, allowing the design to flow, uninterrupted, around the piece.  However, the choices offered to designers are limited. Clasps can detract from the design, especially if they are ordinary.  And if a beautiful costly clasp is added to the piece, it can take over and the rest of the necklace becomes merely something from which to hang that clasp.  I much prefer to make a necklace that, when left lying on a woman’s dressing table in a random arrangement (she has more important things to do at the moment), resembles an artful museum display, where a piece of jewelry is “casually BUT oh so carefully” exhibited.   Use ‘Carved Chinese Carnelian’


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