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Additional considerations to make when buying a necklace or pendant are the type of chain it comes with, the clasp style, and the clasp assembly. Chains are a series of connected metal links or loops with an attached clasp assembly. There are several variations of chains including the most popular omega, rope, and box chain styles. When purchasing a diamond pendant, the chain is included. Typically a fine jeweler will include the chain in the same metal type as the pendant.

The clasp is the mechanism used to attach both ends of the chain together. The style of clasp used by the jeweler usually depends on the item. There are many different styles of clasps including the widely used barrel, lobster claw and spring ring.

The entire clasp assembly refers to the mechanism used to secure a chain and typically consists of a chain end and clasp. Evaluate the parts of the assembly for sturdiness, consisting of any clasps, ends, rings and tags. A quality assembly should not feel like it could be easily broken.


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