This is one of the most common questions we are asked around the shop. Fortunately, it’s really easy to answer! All you need to do is take a look at your strand. If you look closely, you’ll see teeny-tiny knots in between each pearl.
These knots are very important. They act as a bit of an insurance policy in the event that your strand snags on something and breaks– rather than make you go crawling under tables at a fancy restaurant chasing runaway pearls, the knots prevent the pearls from slipping off the strand.
These little knots also protect your beautiful pearls from each other, preventing them from rubbing against their neighbors and developing excessive wear.
Inspect your knots regularly. You may notice them begin to darken after some time, this indicates that they are absorbing oils, dirt, and moisture as you wear them. These micro-particles of dirt can weaken the fibers of your strand over time, not to mention the dark knots can distract from the beauty of the piece.
If your knots begin to fray or loosen between pearls, it’s time to have your necklace restrung, as the fibers are beginning to weaken.
Of course, you can always have your necklace restrung any time you’d like to reimagine your piece! You can add in beautiful gemstones, crystals, or beads to update your look, or even turn a long strand into a double stranded piece of wearable art!
At Pearls International, it’s very easy to have your necklace restrung. We charge $1 per knot, and if you’d like to replace your clasp, we have a wide variety of beautiful options for you to choose from. You can even have old, dull pearls individually hand-polished to their original shine!
The quickest way to know how much you will spend on restringing your necklace is to simply count the number of pearls (and therefore knots) you have on your strand. We’ve made up this handy chart to make it easier.
Stop by Pearls International Jewelers today to have your pearls professionally restrung by a master artisan!