Jewelry-Making DIY Basics – What is a Toggle?

June 2, 2010 by  
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By Paul Brandon

To work effectively with friends, customers and suppliers, jewelry makers should learn the terminology of jewelry-making supplies.  The right terminology will help define a need for the right jewelry closure when images are not available.

Jewelry toggles make up a second category of jewelry closures, along with lobster claw clasps, for handmade artisan jewelry, mass-market costume jewelry and fine jewelry.  You will see toggle closures on jewelry pieces from Tiffany and David Yurman down to special Mothers Day gifts that only a mother would wear.  Toggle clasps can fasten jewelry and enhance jewelry appearance.  Many jewelry-makers use toggles as closures for their necklaces, bracelets, and anklets.

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