Whether freshwater or the finest Mikimoto pearls, Pav & Broome Fine Jewelry offers professional, in-house restringing. Fine pearls are strung on silk or nylon thread, typically with a knot separating each pearl. This not only keeps the pearls from rubbing against one another, but if the string should break, only one pearl should come loose. Some pearl necklaces were never knotted in the first place. This becomes a big headache when your pearl necklace breaks. No one wants to search the floor for pearls! So, if you have a necklace or bracelet that is not knotted, consider having it knotted. Some pieces, especially pearl necklaces that are graduated or have very small pearls look better without knots. Feel free to play around with knots or no knots!
Pearl thread will become dirty over time and may stretch or otherwise weaken. Pearls should be professionally restrung when this occurs. We also restring beads of any length and size with color-coordinated string.
Why should you regularly re-string/re-knot your pearls?
Pearls are precious, sensitive gems that require care and maintenance to maintain their beauty and longevity. We knot them to reduce the harm that can come from having them rub against one another, but, over time, the silk thread can stretch out, and the knots are no longer doing their job. Regular wear can actually do just that. Dirt, oils, and perfume can cling to the pearl knots and silk thread and can slowly wear down the gorgeous nacre of your pearl necklace. So, routinely knotting your pearls will prolong the life and beauty of your pearls.
What you can expect after your repair.
We recommend that you count your pearls before bringing them in to be re-strung/re-knotted. After you have lived with a broken or stretched-out necklace for a few years, this reknotted necklace might be shorter. A high-quality restringing service will make the knots tight. You want your knots to be tight. Within a wear or two, the natural fall to the pearl necklace will return, but you can rest assured that your pearls are well strung. We always count pearls when we receive a piece, and you should too. That way you know for certain all of your pearls were returned to you!
Here is an ugly old fact we have learned by reknotting your pearls: some jewelers glue pearls to their thread. This is most likely the result of an inexperienced pearl stringer trying to keep the pearls in place. The bummer is that once you glue those pearls it is difficult to get the glue out of the hole. We try our best but know that if glue is involved, you might lose a few pearls! If some of your pearls have glue in them, we will try our best to simply redrill the existing drill hole.
We can also add pearls to lengthen your pearl necklace; however, know that there might be subtle differences in the matched pearls, especially if the original pearls are older. So far, we have added pearls to everything from classic strands and Add-A-Pearl Necklaces and they look fabulous!
You will be amazed at how dirt and grime can cling to your pearl knots, and when you see a freshly knotted necklace that is taut and beautiful, it is truly a work of art. Plus, what good is that broken pearl necklace in your jewelry box? We believe you should love your pearls, and reuniting, restringing or re-knotting your pearls can make them loveable again!