Having your Pearls Restrung? Read this First!


Whether your pearls are held together via a thread, wire or a chain, chances are that over time, everyday wear and tear will cause the string to break. It’s obviously important, therefore, to have your pearls restrung on a regular basis, to prevent you from running the risk of losing any of your precious beads.

But having said that, before you do have your pearls restrung, there are certain things you should know. As we are experienced at carrying out jewellery repairs, Ilford pearl owners can find everything they need to know about pearl restringing before they go ahead with our handy guide:

1.  Count your Pearls

For your own peace of mind, when you take your pearls to be restrung, count the number of pearls on your necklace in front of your jeweller. Although most jewellers are obviously respectable and trustworthy, this will just give you a sense of security that you’ll get the same number of pearls back on your necklace that you give in to be restrung.

For similar reasons, we can’t stress enough how important it is to take your jewellery to a jeweller that carries out jewellery repairs on the premises. Barkingside and Chigwell based customers can trust us to restring your pearls on site, so there will be no risk of your necklace or bracelet being lost in transit.

2.  On this occasion, Nylon is Better than Silk

For many centuries, silk was used to string pearls, but this was mainly due to the fact that this was all that was available. Nowadays, nylon, or even polyester, thread is more durable, and looks just as good as silk.

3.  Knotted Necklaces and Bracelets will come back Shorter

Over time, your pearl’s thread, and particularly the knots, will elongate and loosen, which makes your necklace longer. If done properly, once your pearls have been restrung, the knots will be tightly knotted which makes the overall length shorter.

However, if your necklace was unknotted beforehand, and you now want it knotted, it will come back longer! This is for the simple reason that knots in between the pearls will increase the piece’s overall length, normally by about 1 to 1.5 inches.

For most people this isn’t a problem, as ultimately it secures your pearls, but do be aware that your piece won’t look exactly the same when it comes back to you.

If you want to limit the change in length, ask your jeweller to keep within a certain size if possible. A good jeweller will talk you through the limitations, and again this is the benefit of using a jeweller who undertakes jewellery repairs on the premises, Chigwell residents, as you can talk to the person that will be carrying out the work!

4.  Multi-Strand Necklaces and Bracelets should have all Strands Restrung

Contrary to popular belief, this is not a money making ploy! The simple reason for having all strands restrung is that if you only have one done – particularly in a tiered necklace – the overall look of your piece will be mismatched once finished.

5.  Have your Pearls Restrung Before they Break!

We can’t stress this enough! If there’s one way of protecting your pearls from loss or damage, it’s to have them restrung before the thread breaks.

For jewellery repairs on the premises, Woodford and surrounding pearl lovers can trust EK Jewellers to get it right; read through the above points, make sure you know what to expect and then let us bring your pearl jewellery back to life!


Posted on by Ian Tubby.