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These closures are typically ovals, but they can be other shapes as well.
To operate the clasp, you pull back a tiny metal trigger.
Jewellery may be attached to the body or the clothes, and the term is restricted to durable ornaments, excluding flowers for example.
For many centuries metal, often combined with gemstones, has been the normal material for jewellery, but other materials such as shells and other plant materials may be used.
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Butterfly hinges, or surface mount cabinet hinges, attach to the outside of cabinet doors so the full hinge is visible when the doors are closed.
The trigger opens the clasp, allowing you to attach the other end of the chain or necklace.
You'll find these on fine jewelry as well as on handmade items.
It is one of the oldest type of archaeological artefact – with 100,000-year-old beads made from Nassarius shells thought to be the oldest known jewellery.
The basic forms of jewellery vary between cultures but are often extremely long-lived; in European cultures the most common forms of jewellery listed above have persisted since ancient times, while other forms such as adornments for the nose or ankle, important in other cultures, are much less common.
A tell-tale feature of an antique barrel clasp in fact may be a brassy appearance.