I think that the lobster clasp has ruined a lot of otherwise interesting jewellery designs. Case in point: this Glen Bracelet for Atelier Swarovski by Juan Carlos Obando.
The Atelier line is quite limited in terms of the pieces made and the distribution and usually features a higher price point. Designers are invited to work with existing stones and to collaborate with Swarovski on new cuts, colours, and uses for existing materials.
I like the way Obando incorporated a jet crystal link into this polished metal bracelet. But man, that honking big lobster clasp just inserts a sad trombone “wah, wah, wah” into the entire concept. Maybe that clasp needed to be rhinestone studded too? Or at least the same shade of metal as the links. I dunno – it just doesn’t work for me.
I don’t typically feature things I dislike but lobster clasp and the lazy fabric ties on necklaces are among my big jewellery pet peeves. Design should not stop at the clasp or closure of a piece.
Should you be a lobster (clasp) lover, this piece sells for USD $180.