Why Knot Pearls?
Restringing a Strand of Pearls
Recently, I was asked to restring a knotted pearl necklace. I learned how to tie knots between pearls years ago, but have not had many opportunities to do so. Restringing pearls is a skill, and I enjoy knotting pearls whenever I get a chance. This got me pondering the question, why do traditional pearl necklaces have knots between the pearls? Here’s what I found out:
Knots separate each pearl from the others, allowing you to see more of their lustrous surface.
Knots cushion the delicate pearl and avoid wearing the pearl layers.
Silk thread is used for restringing pearls because it is gentle on delicate pearls.
If the strand of pearls should break, only one pearl would be lost. The knots keep you from losing all the pearls.
If you wear them often or every day, you should restring your pearl necklace every year. This helps to avoid weak or frayed silk. The silk thread can also become dirty.
Gold worn next to a pearl will cause black marks to appear on the pearl.
How to attach a clasp to a pearl necklace:
This is done by tying a knot inside a “cup” component, also called a bead tip. This goes between the pearl and the clasp. French wire, also called bullion, can also be used. French wire is a fine coil of wire that covers the silk as it goes through the clasp. Both techniques avoid wearing the silk thread unnecessarily.
Love Pearls, but want a more unique look?
Here are a few of my untraditional designs: