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Nothing says personal touch the way a professional stringing (or re-stringing) service does -- Most people appreciate the beauty of a well knotted strand of pearls, but few know how labor-intensive it can be, the expertise involved, or what purpose knotting serves beyond aesthetics.
Knotting protects pearls from grinding against each other and wearing away luster or nacre around the drill holes. Gemstone beads can chip, scratch, or dull each other too. Good knotting makes a strand supple and, finally, if a necklace should break, it prevents the stones from scattering and getting lost.
Cultured pearls are often strung on silk thread with a knot between each pearl. This keeps the pearls from rubbing against each other and prevents all the pearls from cascading to the floor if the necklace was to break. Silk thread is susceptible to wear and tear, especially if you wear the necklaces all the time. The fine silk can stretch and weaken, so if you see extra space between the knots that separate the pearls from each other, that could be a sign that the necklace needs to be restrung.
So what exactly constitutes good knotting? Knots that are nice and snug but not so tight as to cause kinking, uniformly sized, and evenly spaced. Usually, thread color will match the pearls and thread size will correspond to hole-size so that knots are just big enough to separate the beads. Occasionally, our designers will choose a contrasting color and tie bigger knots for visual effect.
Our inventory includes temporarily strung pearls, tell your customers that you keep them that way until they are ready to be customized for the lucky lady who gets to claim them. Letting customers choose the right length and findings makes them feel involved and unique.
Not everyone can knot to perfection -- It is a time consuming craft that takes experience and skill. We offer professional re-stringing services, and you can rust our experts to handle your finest pearl and gemstone beads.
Re-stringing is normally recommended if a necklace is stretched, knots have pulled, or when time has discolored the silk. We encourage you to bring-in beads & pearls you may have found in the attic, bought on a cruise or at an antiques show; beads are addictive and this may be the start of a serious affair…
Check out our pearl necklace collection.