Pearls Must Be Knotted! Or Pearl Restringing with Knots

By Calla Gold

You Must Obey the Pearl

Pearl Necklace After Restring Job

Pearl Necklace Just After Restringing With Knots. Click on Picture to See up Close

I love pearls. I live and do my Jewelry thing in Santa Barbara, right next to the ocean. I’m required by law to love pearls. I love that they’re organic and come from living creatures from the sea. No other gemstone is like a pearl. They’re totally unique. And as pearls are unique, they require special care.

Naturally Fragile

The outer surface of pearls is called nacre. It’s shiny and what gives pearls their luster. Unfortunately, it’s a bit porous and scratches easily. Pearl restringing with knots between each pearl separates them and keeps them from scratching against each other.

Fresh Knots Keep the Pearls from Rubbing Against Each Other

Fresh Knots Keep the Pearls from Rubbing Against Each Other

If your necklace breaks, the knots also keeps all the pearls from sliding off all at once. Which would not be good in the middle of a crowded dance floor!

Pearl Restringing With Knots at Every Pearl

Even good, white, silk stringing string wears out over time.  Knots eventually stretch out, abrade, fade, and get dirty. Don’t let this happen! New white knots next to your pearls not only secure your precious little gemstones, the contrast enhances their beauty.

If you think your pearl necklace or bracelet is looking old…restring it!

Safety Knots for Little Pearls

Pearl Multi-Strand Necklace with Pink Tourmaline center piece

Pearl Multi-Strand Necklace with Safety Knots

If pearls are very small, individual knots between each pearl aren’t aethetically pleasing or practical. Usually what we do in this case is add a small knot every half dozen pearls or so.

Hinky, Jinky, Just-Strung Pearls

Sometimes pearls necklaces hang funny after they’ve been restrung.  Don’t dispair, this is normal. The knots are simply new and tight and will relax after they’ve hung for a while.

Wrapping it Up

Now you know why this Santa Barbara Jeweler insists on knotting your pearls instead of just using some fishing line. Remember the law, “Love Your Pearls!”

Calla Gold

Want to learn more about pearls?  Check out these blog posts

Choosing Pearls: Five Things You Need to Consider

Pearls, Your Jewelry Divas and How to Store Them

French Wire Finish for Your Pearls; It’s Stronger and Prettier

Top Ten Reasons To Restring Your Pearls

The Pitfalls of Pearl Restringing – What Might Happen After Restringing

Why Pearl Ring Sizing Costs More

Ten Ways to Casual-ify Your Pearl or Bead Necklace



9 Responses to “Pearls Must Be Knotted! Or Pearl Restringing with Knots”

KatherineJ May 18th, 2011 at 6:32 am

Couldn’t agree more – although I do use a fine good quality nylon which I knot when pearls are too heavy for silk!

Calla Gold May 19th, 2011 at 5:28 pm

Thank you Katherine for weighing in on the heavier pearls. You are right.

KatherineJ May 20th, 2011 at 9:45 am

Hi – Any advice on what silk to use now that Gudebrod has gone? Looking for the best filament silks

Home Heating February 26th, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Thank you for your amazing jewelry blog, do you have twitter, facebook or something similar where I can follow your blog? And designs?


Calla Gold February 28th, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Hi Sandra, My twitter handle is SB Jeweler and I’m on Facebook under Calla Gold Jewelry. I’m glad you enjoyed visiting my blog. Come again!
Calla Gold

Mary McCoy April 20th, 2012 at 7:06 am

When stringing and knotting grey pearls is white silk appropriate or should I use a shade of grey? Just discovered your blog and enjoyed it a lot. Thanks.


Calla Gold April 20th, 2012 at 8:58 am

I’m a big fan of using color appropriate silk stringing string when re-stringing colored pearls.
For fun if you want to jazz up your pearls try re-stringing them with black thread, it gives them quite a rock and roll “new” look.
For a great overall look your grey pearls will show up nicer with a grey stringing string.
Mary thanks for visiting and I hope to see you again!
Calla Gold

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Calla Gold November 23rd, 2013 at 7:31 am

Thank you for writing Antonio. I’m so glad you like my jewelry blog. That’s very nice of you to share it with friends. More and more people have been sharing it and my visit numbers are growing. Thanks for your help and good wishes!
Calla Gold

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