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!

Two Push Pins Like This Will Help You Untangle Your Chains

Two Push Pins Like This Will Help You Untangle Your Chains

Eleven Steps to Untangling 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.
  6. Place the Push Pin Into the Tangle's Center

    Place the Push Pin Into the Tangle’s Center

    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.
  7. If you get no play from that section of chain, try another.
  8. Once the chain starts separating from the mass, create a more loose area. If you don’t get a chain end
    Teasing Apart Chains by Creating Openings

    Teasing Apart Chains by Creating Openings

    untangling, just loosen as much as you can.
  9. Move that second push pin to other areas repeating the loosening technique until there are a lot of areas of looseness.
  10. At some point the chain end will get pulled out of the mess. That’s a biggie.
  11. 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

For more informative videos check out my YouTube channel.

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.


  1. Lori Cooper on November 25, 2013 at 10:34 pm

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

    • Calla Gold on November 26, 2013 at 9:23 pm

      Thank you so much for sharing. I had a great spike in visits today. I bet it’s because you shared my blog post with videos! You are most generous. You always share such great advice on your Warddrobe Wisdom blog!
      Calla Gold

  2. Amy Marie Orozco on November 26, 2013 at 11:38 am

    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!

    • Calla Gold on November 26, 2013 at 9:19 pm

      Hello Amy,
      I’m so glad you liked the blog and video. I’ve told people about this so many times it just seemed time to share it more broadly.
      Handy Ideas Jeweler,
      Calla Gold

  3. Cindy Swain on November 26, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    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 🙂

    • Calla Gold on November 27, 2013 at 6:23 am

      Hi Cindy,
      I do sell them. I used to just use them for vitamins and then had that aha moment and I’ve traveled with multiple chains successfully ever since!
      Your chains and necklaces frame your face and people tend to take a lot more photos on vacation, so you need to have your pretty necklaces and chains with you!
      Traveling with jewelry jeweler,
      Calla Gold

  4. Lisa Darsonval on December 2, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    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!


    • Calla Gold on December 2, 2013 at 9:20 pm

      Hi Lisa,
      Having had heinous tangles on trips I had to come up with an answer, because I know I couldn’t be the only frustrated travelling jewelry loving woman!
      I’m so pleased you liked my solutions.

  5. Cheryl S. on December 7, 2013 at 6:32 am

    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.

    • Calla Gold on December 7, 2013 at 7:44 am

      Hello Cheryl,
      I appreciate your feedback on my video on untangling chains. It was an answer to a frequently asked question that I thought I’d better show, not just tell.
      Come by again, your voice and comments are appreciated.
      Untanglingly yours,
      Calla Gold

  6. Renee Manseau on December 8, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    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..)

    • Calla Gold on December 9, 2013 at 7:44 am

      Hi Renee,
      Ooh, just the best comment ever!!! Untangling gold chains really sets free the selection you have for your pendants. With the cost of gold chains, one two or three chain tangle when untangled could free up $500.00 or more worth of chains!
      I’m so happy the future of your chains is bright!
      Calla Gold

  7. Jacque on February 19, 2015 at 7:48 am

    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!

    • Calla Gold on February 19, 2015 at 7:49 am

      Hi Jacque,
      Thanks for letting me know that you enjoyed the video. I’m so pleased that it worked well for you!!
      Your Personal Jeweler,
      Calla Gold

  8. Kyla on July 5, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    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!

    • Calla Gold on July 6, 2015 at 7:52 am

      Hi Kyla,
      I’m so happy that my post helped with your grandmother’s chain. That is so cool. I hope you’re wearing it and thinking happy thoughts about your sweet Aunt.
      You might also want to see my video about how to travel with chains so they don’t tangle:
      Thanks for letting me know that helped!
      Your Personal Jeweler,

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