Pearls Must Be Knotted! Or Pearl Restringing with Knots


Pearl Restringing with Knots

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

Tie the knot with your pearls. 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

Large baroque fresh water pearls

Fresh Knots Keep the Pearls from Rubbing Against Each Other

The outer surface of a pearl is called nacre.  It’s shiny, textured surface is what gives pearls their luster. A pearl is beautiful, but it’s also a bit porous and scratches easily.

Restringing your pearls with knots between each pearl ensures that your pearls will be protected by separating them, which keeps them from rubbing up against each other and scratching.

If your necklace breaks, the knots also keep the pearls from sliding off the string all at once. You can imagine what a benefit this would be, especially if you were in the middle of a crowded dance floor!

Pearl Restringing With Knots at Every Pearl

Even the best silk string will wear out over time.  Knots eventually stretch, abrade, fade, and get dirty with wear.

Pamper your pearls and make sure this doesn’t happen!  Restringing your pearls with knots in-between not only serves to secure your precious pearly gems, but the contrast of a clean, fresh string also enhances their beauty.

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 aesthetically pleasing or practical. Jewelry designed with very small pearls usually will be strung with a small knot for every half dozen or so pearls. We call this method of restringing, stringing with safety knots, and you can request them when you have your small pearls restrung. This keeps the piece fluid as you wear it, and safe from the loss of many small pearls if you break it.

Hinky, Jinky, Just-Strung Pearls

Sometimes Your Pearls, Like These Beads, Will Hang at Angles to Each Other.

Sometimes pearls necklaces hang funny after they've been restrung. Don't despair, this is normal. The knots are simply new and tight and will relax into a more natural fit after they've had a chance to hang 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!"

Your Personal Jeweler,
Calla Gold

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About Calla Gold

Calla Gold is a Personal Jeweler and Author who takes pride in working with clients one-on-one to integrate their personal sense of style and taste into custom designed jewelry and repaired jewelry pieces.   Unlike typical Santa Barbara jewelry businesses, Calla Gold has no brick-and-mortar location. Calla Gold comes to you, bringing you the jewelry collection you want to see and collaborating with you to create unique custom jewelry. Calla also works with at-a-distance clients.

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13 years ago

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

13 years ago

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

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12 years ago

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


Mary McCoy
Mary McCoy
12 years ago

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.

10 years ago

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