One of the features that makes Trollbeads different than Pandora, Chamilia, and Ohm Beads is the lock and chain mechanism that allows the entire bracelet to be customized including the clasp. As we’re approaching Valentine’s Day, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to review the Catching Hearts clasp, which would be great for any Valentine’s theme bracelet. For some background, this lock was introduced with the Spring 2012 collection, over a year ago. After it was initially released, the Catching Hearts were recalled due to a faulty design and it wasn’t until after Mother’s Day that it was shipped back to retailers for sale.
Given this spotty history for the clasp I was quite hesitant to order it, but since it was literally the last (silver) clasp that I didn’t have, I bought it anyway. Along with the Big Fish double-clasp and the Big Flower double-clasp, this one is also at the top end of prices for locks at $69USD. The Catching Hearts is quite different than the other clasps in its shape; two hearts are interlocking in this design and what is really fantastic are the tiny heart details all around the surface of the piece giving it more texture than you would normally see from the locks (although honestly if you don’t look closely enough, they look like little boils, lol). The curve of the larger heart extends quite further up than the normal clasps making it quite apparent that it is a clasp.
Unfortunately, having played around with this lock for a while, I would have to say that this is the most difficult to use clasp that I own. Now I understand why this design was recalled. The problem comes from the smaller end of the clasp where it hooks onto the open end of the bracelet. The bottom of the heart creates a hook and the gate of the clasp is too short to be opened without your nail blocking the entryway. It’s difficult to describe so I have included these pictures to demonstrate. It’s not impossible to get the chain on, but it can be a somewhat frustrating process to figure out. I think I’ve finally mastered a technique to work with this clasp by carefully turning my thumbnail to the side when opening the gate, but it’s still a struggle.
Once it’s on, I don’t plan to change this bracelet around so please pardon me using pictures from a past post! 🙂
Bead index (starting from left): heart lock, Asian hearts, pink diamond, unique pink scallop, decorative bird, unique pink harlequin, unique cranberry dillo, pink trace, paxsuzbeads diamond heart, unique pink spinner, unique pink hearts, unique pink stripes, redbalifrog LE klimt, unique pink glitter dots, unique pink python, unique cranberry dillo, ugly duckling, pink buds, Asian hearts, unique pink python, cherry blossom.