Clasps & Closures

What are Clasps & Closures? Clasps & Closures are used to fasten jewellery. A clasp could be described as the end which would grasp, with examples ranging from a standard lobster clasp to a simple loop. A closure could be referred to as the end which is to be grasped, such as a standard split ring or toggle.

Why not use standard jewellery findings? I create my own hand-tied knotwork clasps & closures for all my jewellery. Despite often being hidden away at the rear of the neck or wrists as opposed to being the focal point of a piece, I personally consider them to be of equal importance. I would say that they are, in a sense, the most intimate portion of a piece of jewellery as it is the wearer alone who develops familiarity with them. The wearer of jewellery is aware of them, handles them each time the piece is to be worn or removed, must feel comfortable both wearing and using them, and may be the only person who regularly sees them. For all these reasons I want them to be that little bit special!

I refer to this as my “Three Spheres” fastening for the simple reason that, once fastened, the three knots have the appearance of three tiny spheres in a row. I often use it for my chokers and pendants. This fastening is constructed¬† using a Yeonbong clasp with a Garakji closure which is then balanced by another knot to create a sense of symmetry upon fastening.

I like to call this my “Double Garakji” fastening. Both ends double as both a clasp and a closure, each end being a mirror of the other. I often use it in my bracelets. Each end terminates in a Garakji knot closure with a small knot such as a Dorae spaced behind it to form a clasp.

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A third fastening, which I named ” Twin Double” , can be found in some of my wrist cuffs. Simply put, it is is the “Double Garakji”¬† twice over, each “twin” sitting parallel to the other. The final appearance is that of a neat square comprised of four Garakji knots. I feel that this fastening is a fitting accompaniment to the wider forms of knotwork.