This is a beautiful clasp. It is well worth the money and is an elegant finish for a well made project.
too weak for heavy bracelet
This is Sterling which is soft and weak, too weak for a heavy bracelet (red pearl berry on the site under red pearls). It's a beautiful clasp, but probably only for a light-weight necklace. If at least it had that small hook inside like pearl clasps have, then you wouldn't worry about it opening and falling off...which it did time after time.
I tried to tighten it so many times that I finally just gave up and let it sit, unused, for almost a year.
When I saw SS-CL29, a nice heavy simple sterling hook http://www.artbeads.com/ss-cl29.html I tried it and it worked much better. It is quite substantial. In fact, SS-CL29 added to the design since it's nice and shiny and looks like part of the design. This actually is of value since the heavy pearls fall downward, leaving the clasp on top where it's easily seen!
Even SS-CL29 unhooks, but only because it catches on something. I finally put a light safety chain and small C-clasp on the side so I wouldn't lose the gorgeous bracelet (not on photo). Now I feel secure.
This is more a design flaw than a quality flaw (this should have that inner safety hook like old-fashioned pearl clasps of similar design). AND the heavy berry bracelet is an inappropriate use for this pretty clasp.
This is simply NOT good for a heavy bracelet. The berry bracelet, BTW, measures 7", but being heavy and THICK, I had to add 2 more pearls and small silver beads (lost symmetry, but didn't hurt overall appearance...get lots of compliments). Now, at 7 3/4" it fits better. Normally I can wear a 7" bracelet, but not a thick heavy one. It's the same deal in rings: heavy rings require upsizing at least 1/2 a size or they're too tight.
Still love artbeads stuff and their great service. :) They stand behind their products; they're pleasant and go the extra mile! I kept this clasp but ordered several more of the SS-CL29 for future use.
I like this clasp a lot. I like the fact that the clip is on the top of the clasp and it seems very secure. I have not had any complaints from my customers regarding the security of this clasp.
Although this clasp looks very pretty it comes apart very easily. A slight tug and it came apart before I even put it on the bracelet. The bracelet kept falling off while wearing it and I needed to re-make it with another clasp. This clasp does not have a safety catch like some of the others.