Can I restring my own pearls?
We recommend to restring your pearls every year as this will prolong their life and to keep them looking their best. Three reasons to knot between each pearl: 1. Pearls are delicate and knotting prevents the pearls from rubbing together and causing damage to the nacre.
What is the best thread for stringing pearls?
Size 6 silk thread is the best choice for most knotted pearl necklaces. However, the size of the thread you use really depends on the size of the hole. The most important thing to consider, besides size, is the material. Silk thread is the best choice for knotting a pearl necklace.
What is the strongest thread for beading?
The gel-spun, polyethylene braided thread is recognized as the strongest fiber, per diameter, ever created. The advanced technology used to make FireLine interknitted thread, makes it ultra-thin in diameter but three times stronger than regular monofilament.
What do you string pearls with?
Silk. A well-known classic for bead stringing, silk thread is most often used for pearls. Some beaders also like to use it with stone beads.
How do you tell the difference between fake and real pearls?
Grab a pearl between your index and your thumb and test its texture on your teeth – if it’s smooth and neat, you’re holding a fake pearl. Imitation pearls are always slippery, which is another good indicator of their origin. If your pearl has a slightly gritty feel to it, then you are looking at a real, natural beauty.
Why are pearls knotted?
One of the reasons to knot pearls is to keep all of them from falling off the strand if it breaks. When pearls are strung on a strand, the adjacent ones will touch, and after some time, the rubbing will result in damage to the pearls ‘ surface. To prevent their shell from chipping, pearls are often separated by knots.
How often should you restring pearls?
Pearls should be restrung every 24 months depending on the frequency of wear. An indication if pearls need to be restrung is by assessing the knots between each pearl. If they appear to be stretched or frayed, it’s time to restring.