As most people are right handed, a necklace strung in accordance with the official rules has its clasp attached in such a way that the right hand has to close or open it in the neck. This becomes a problem for left handed persons only when the necklace and/or its pendant have a "good" side and a "wrong" side. In this case the necklace should be closed in front of you or ask for replacement of the clasp, if possible.

If you do not feel at ease with the clasp,- a new necklace or one you did not put on for a long time -, open and close the clasp several times before your eyes, in order to become familiar with it (again). Sometimes, especially with heavy necklaces, it is more convenient to close it in front of you, as many women do prefer with their bra's, and if the necklace has a "wrong" side you have to do so with your left hand.

If the clasp is too small or just too difficult for your fingers, do not try to fight it. Ask for help with opening and closing or let it be replaced. Avoid pulling and pushing with force as the thread around the clasp is the most vulnerable part of the necklace.

If the necklace is long enough to put it just over your head, this is by far more the fastest and easiest way of putting it on. However, a problem arises when putting it off in the same manner as your hair can become entangled in it, an annoying and sometimes even painful experience.

There are necklaces which have to be closed in one and only specific way, like bead necklaces made of multiple rows or made of different elements which have a good side and a wrong side. Put such a necklace off with care while keeping your fingers on both parts of the clasp exactly in the right position as they were when closed in your neck. Immediately close the clasp in front of you without changing the direction of your fingers and store the necklace in your jewelry box. This will make it much easier for you to put it on next time.

Always put the necklace on and off while bending above a bed or sofa. In case it is not firmly closed or just slips through your hands it will make a soft landing and beads will not be broken. Or handle the necklace while being seated, so the necklace will fall into your lap, but can continue its journey to the ground. Thus standing above a bed or bench is preferable.

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