Toggle clasps are used to secure opposite ends of a bracelet during wear. This type of clasps is not always stable and should only be used when constructing costume jewelry.
The toggle clasp comprises an elongated rod (toggle) that fits through a ring or loop and rotates to prevent accidental removal. Metal and bone are popular choices for this item. The ring may be constructed of metal, string or cloth. Poor material choices such as plastic or rubber can result in a weak clasp and the consequent loss of your jewelry.
When choosing jewelry or purchasing clasps, ensure the toggle is long enough for the ring. Insert the toggle through the ring and bounce the bracelet in your palm to simulate the erratic movement of everyday wear. A short toggle will rotate and slip through the ring. An overlong toggle will be more secure but may make the piece uncomfortable to hold. Look at the size of the ring; choose a ring that fits the width of the toggle and attachment loop.
Toggle clasps are easy to handle and visually striking, making them popular choices for craftspeople and casual jewelers. These artisans may not have the knowledge and materials to properly attach these clasps. Toggle clasps must be secured to withstand several pounds of tension, e.g., the stress of the toggle against the ring. Poorly attached clasps will fall off the bracelet, detaching the piece from your wrist.
References and ResourcesBead & Button: Bracelet Toggle Clasp Advice
Ornatia Rustic Jewelry: Clasp Style
M.A.I.L.: Handmade Toggle Clasp