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.
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
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 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,
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