Hidden Asset

August 1998

Precious Metals:Data & Statistics

Hidden Asset

Not just a necessity, clasps take their turn in the spotlight

Once merely utilitarian, necklace and bracelet clasps stand center-stage today. In addition to fastening chains and strings of pearls, the clasp is a design element all its own.

Clasps are bejeweled, engraved or filigreed to complement the jewelry they adorn.

– by Lorraine M. Suermann

18k rice bracelet features a fashion cuff clasp. Suggested retail for the clasp and bracelet, $2,060.
Uno A Erre, distributed by Gori & Zucchi Inc., New York City; (800) 525-5033 or (212) 629-3300, fax (212) 629-3700.

Handwoven sterling silver bracelet features an 18k gold granulated cylinder clasp. Suggested retail, $778-$958.
Anne Devero Presents, San Francisco, CA; (800) 260-5562 or (415) 337-0470, fax (415) 337-5310.

Platinum and 18k gold swirl in this pearl clasp. Suggested retail, $432.
Stuller Settings, Lafayette, LA; (800) 877-7777 or (318) 837-4100, fax (318) 981-1655.

Sterling silver and 14k gold clasps are fastened to a double strand of pearls.
Clasps Plus, New York City; (800) 666-6448 or (212) 354-5662, fax (212) 354-5278.

Sterling silver neck collar features sliding pieces and a toggle clasp inscribed with the designer's initials. Suggested retail, $300.
Deborah Armstrong and Co., Greenwich, CT; (203) 618-9205, fax (203) 622-4346.

14k gold cushion bead clasp. Bendavid & Sons, New York City; (212) 819-1222, fax (212) 768-9077.

14k yellow and white gold bead clasps feature diamond accents, diamond-cut metal and high-polish finish.
Friedrich Zettl, Hollywood, FL; (305) 867-8383, fax (305) 868-4869.

These heart-shape clasps function like a lobster claw and offer an alternative to the traditional spring ring or lobster claw. Available in sterling silver in 9mm, 11mm and 14mm and 14k in 9mm and 11mm.
M.S. Co., Attleboro, MA; (800) 675-4657 or (508) 222-1700, fax (508) 222-6449.

A&Z Pearl designed the Oyster Clasp to convert an opera-length pearl strand to a multistrand, looped, Y-shaped or lariat necklace or multistrand bracelet. Two clasps are required for it to work properly. It's made of 14k gold and is available also with diamonds. Keystone, $100 to $230.
A&Z Pearls Inc., Los Angeles, CA; (800) PEARLS 2 or (213) 627-3030.

18k gold clasp is crafted in a flower bud design to hold one strand of pearls.
Kimberlee Teti, St. Davids, PA; (610) 688-8828, fax (610) 688-8890.

Collar clasp with the look of antique lace comes in 14k or 18k white or yellow gold and holds 1.10 carats of pavé diamonds. The clasp can be made to accommodate different numbers of pearl strands. Available as a mounting or with diamonds. Suggested retail, $2,170 with diamonds.
House of Clasps Inc., New York City; (212) 869-5855, fax (212) 869-2340.

Now you see it, now you don't. This sterling silver necklace's main feature is the clasp, designed to be worn in front. Keystone, $1,700.
Patricia Von Musulin Inc., New York City; (212) 206-8345, fax (212) 627-7216

The clasp mechanism is hidden inside this 18k white gold cylinder with 1.34 carats of pavé diamond accents. Keystone, $7,000.
JewelMak Inc., New York City; (212) 398-2999.
Filigree bead clasps are available in sterling silver, 14k gold and gold filled. Suggested retail, $10.80 to $67.70.
National Findings, Miami, FL; (800) 327-3485 or (305) 358-6035, fax (305) 358-4131.

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