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The Vital Link

 

 

 

For a necklace to not be worn because the clasp is too difficult to use is comparable to a writer’s article or book not being read because the type is too illegible.
                


If the oldest ornaments, perforated shells, did not show string wear, we would have little proof that early humans wore adornments around their necks. There is very little archaeological evidence for how necklaces were linked, fastened or tied to enable them to stay on necks, but it is one of the most important factors in the functionality of contemporary necklaces. I have written about this topic for a long time and decided to re-visit clasps by surveying necklaces in Ornament’s photographic archives from the past thirty years, covering everything from string ties to torques, which normally require no closures (Liu 1974, 1995b, 2001). Images chosen demonstrate their diversity, purposes and what types of components they link.

The surge of interest in beads during the late twentieth century and consequent exponential increase in the number of necklaces made with beads, including glass, polymer, stone, and metal beads/ornaments by craftspeople (Dubin 2009, Liu 1995a) all lead to increased attention in clasps. Good commercial clasps became available, from artisanal production in developing countries and through domestic craftspeople, mostly fabricated for their own use when offering work in upscale craft shows or galleries. Even rapid prototyping and CNC machining are now used for clasp production, sometimes coupled with very high strength rare-earth magnets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert K. Liu
Ornament’s Coeditor, features Clasps. For a necklace to not be worn because the clasp is too difficult to use is comparable to a writer’s article or book not being read because the type is too illegible.

 

 

 

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