How to Untangle Gold Chains-Directions and Videos!

Two tangled silver chains

Two Tangled Chains. These Babies Aren’t Getting Worn Any Time Soon.

Having a Tangled Chain is Like Having No Chain at All. Tangled chains can live for years in your jewelry box. You reach for that chain and it’s irrevocably joined at the hip to your pearl and chain necklace. You say, “grrr, I need to handle that!” And the years go by.

I’m not only going to tell you how to untangle your chains, But I’ll show you how in a video I just made for you. You’ll not only get to  wear them, but I’ll tell you how to travel with your chains with no more tangles!

Eleven Steps to Untangling Your Chains

Two Push Pins Like This Will Help You Untangle Your Chains

Two Push Pins Like This Will Help You Untangle Your Chains

  1. Grab two push pins.
  2. Find a surface you don’t mind scratching.
  3. Spread out the tangled mess as much as you can to see what you have to work with.
  4. Undue any closed clasps.
  5. Take your first push pin and stick it randomly in the biggest knot area.
Place the Push Pin Into the Tangle's Center

Place the Push Pin Into the Tangle’s Center

  1. Take your second push pin and find a chain section on the outside of the knotted area and try teasing a bit of looseness from that section.
  2. If you get no play from that section of chain, try another.
  3. Once the chain starts separating from the mass, create a more loose area. If you don’t get a chain end untangling, just loosen as much as you can
Teasing Apart Chains by Creating Openings

Teasing Apart Chains by Creating Openings

  1. Move that second push pin to other areas repeating the loosening technique until there are a lot of areas of looseness.
  2. At some point the chain end will get pulled out of the mess. That’s a biggie.
  3. Keep at it and it should yield to your gentle untangling.

Video: How to Untangle Gold Chains

Video: Tangle Free Travel With Gold Chains

May all your chains be free of tangles and ready to go when you are!
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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Lori Cooper
10 years ago

Brilliant, Calla. I am going to repost this very useful video on untangling chains and travelling with chains!

Amy Marie Orozco
10 years ago

Great tip on keeping chains clasped when storing. Never thought to do that. Your video on storing chains while traveling is very helpful!
I love having a private jeweler. Happy Thanksgiving Calla!

Cindy Swain
10 years ago

Thanks Calla. Yes, travel can really do a number on necklaces. As a matter of fact, I stopped traveling with them because of the hassle factor. I need to get bunch of those zip bags – so handy! Do you sell them 🙂

Lisa Darsonval
10 years ago

Calla I would have never thought to use push pins to help untangle chains- brilliant! Much too frequently do I have to sit there and deal with my necklaces in a mess- and having nails doesn’t make it any easier. I’m also so grateful that you shared how to travel safely and without tangling your necklaces. I could never figure it out before, so looks like I need to get myself some zip bags.

Thank you, Calla!


Cheryl S.
Cheryl S.
10 years ago

Nice blog, I watched all of this video “how to untangle gold chains.” It was too good and interesting. I’ve read some of your other posts on your blog as well. This is one of the best posts that I like.
Cheryl S.

Renee Manseau
Renee Manseau
10 years ago

Excellent tips for traveling with chains, and great step by step process on how to untangle chains. That’s probably one of the most frustrating things about necklaces, when the chains get all tangled together. I’m sure I’m not the only one that’s just given up and tossed a few chains out over the years. Thanks for changing the fate of my future tangled chains (and giving some great advice on avoiding the tangles all togher..)

9 years ago

Hello Calla,
Used your video for detangling chains and it worked like a charm! Thank you so much! Now I can enjoy this special heirloom that’s been sitting in a tangled heap in my jewelry box!

8 years ago

Hello! I would just like to say that this post has saved my life. Seriously!
I was so worried that the gold necklace my aunt recently gave me was going to be tangled forever. The chain is so fine and the individual links were so tiny I couldn’t see much. I really thought it was doomed. But thanks to your post, I was able to untangle it in less than a minute. Thank you so much!

Nicky from NZ
Nicky from NZ
5 years ago

Thank you so much Calla
this is now how i untangle my earplugs for my phone which always are hard to untangle (not anymore)

i wish i had known this wee trick sooner because I’ve thrown out and had to replace quite a few fine silver chains

….i wounder if it would work on the fairy lights for the christmas tree ? …

Nichole Fowler
Nichole Fowler
4 years ago

This works! Thank you!