5 Things To Notice In Your Pearl Necklace

Make sure your necklace is in good shape

Hello Proud Pearl Owners

As part of our belief in educating our customers about pearls – we wrote a post about what to look out for if you own a pearl necklace. We put together a short list of 5 points we believe are important to be aware of, especially with the summer heat around the corner:

  1. The Stringing
  2. The Clasp’s Sturdiness
  3. Luster Level
  4. Dirt
  5. Length

1. The Stringing

With time, the thread used to string the pearl necklace may weaken. This depends on how often you wear your necklace as well as the climate. The obvious risk is that your necklace may break if the thread is too weak. When looking at the necklace, pay attention to the thread. If the thread seems “fuzzy” or worn out, it is a sign to restring your necklace. While you’re at it, check for the tightness of the knotting (every necklace that was bought at Amit has a knot between each pearl. This is the way it is supposed to be). Try to move a pearl between the knots. If the pearl is gripped well between the knots on either side and doesn’t move, the knotting is in good shape. If however the pearl moves between the enclosing knots, it’s another sign that the thread has loosened, and you might want to bring it in to have it looked at. In case your necklace doesn’t have knots in between each pearl, you will want it to be restrung properly. Recently, brands and jewelry shops are stringing pearls with a wire, and separating the pearls with silicone beads. This is not ideal because if the wire breaks you will loose the pearls as they scatter, not to mention that using wire will lead to a stiffer look because it cannot adjust to your body’s contour the same way thread does. 

Notice the threads in this necklace. The knot looks tight and there is no space between the pearl and the knot. Looking at the knot you will not find any “fuzz” coming out of it which is another indicator of the good condition of the stringing. This is the way a necklace is supposed to look.

2. Clasp Sturdiness

Another element that is important to check in your necklace is the clasp and how secure it is. If a clasp breaks, the strand may fall and tear as well. This is easy to check. Close the clasp and gently try to pull it open while it’s closed. You shouldn’t use exaggerated force or it might break. If the clasp opens when it’s not supposed to you will want to fix or replace it. Some clasps have safety mechanisms that prevent the necklace from falling even if they get undone. Check to see that the mechanism is in good shape too.

Try to gently tug on the clasp to check if it opens when it shouldn’t. Do not pull too hard so it won’t break, just enough to check it’s sturdiness.

3. Luster Level

If you believe that the luster level is slightly lower than when you bought it, it may be a sign that you are not taking proper care of your necklace. First thing you will want to do is take a damp soft cloth and wipe down your necklace a few times. Do not use soap or any solutions, only a dab of water to dampen the cloth. Sometimes there are layers of body oils on the necklace that are easily removed which will impact the luster of the strand. From now on, be sure to follow our guidelines of pearl care. To recap: make sure it’s the last thing you wear and the first thing you take off. The point of this is so that you do not accidentally apply hairspray, body lotions and other cosmetic products that contain chemicals in them which in turn depreciate the luster of the strand. Just make sure you minimize the exposure of these elements to your necklace. Also, after you wear your necklace you should ideally wipe it down with a soft cloth. It does’t have to be damp. This action will remove residual oils or perfumes from the pearls after they come in contact with your skin. Once in a while you could repeat this action with a damp cloth, but make sure you only dampen it with water (no solutions or other cleaning products!).

Are you able to see the difference in luster, and slight decoloring between these two Japanese Akoya pearl necklaces? The top necklace has a slight yellow tinge to it and a lower luster (shine) as opposed to the necklace on the bottom. This deterioration of the necklace’s condition may occur due to improper pearl care. Please follow our guidelines to maximize your pearl necklace’s vitality.

4. Dirt

If you wear your pearls often they may accumulate dirt. Removing the dirt is quite easy all you need to do is follow the steps in our 3rd point, use a soft cloth (it could be damp as well) to wipe down the necklace. In the case of extra stubborn dirt, you can apply medical alcohol to the cloth to help remove the grit. Only a small amount of alcohol should be used. 

This is the cloth we use at Amit to clean our pearls. However, any soft cloth that is not coarse or with roughh fibers would be just as effective.

5. Length

The length of your necklace is adjustable. This is important to keep in mind because length is affected by trends and your personal preference, both of which may change with time. To make a strand longer you only need to add a few pearls which we can match for you, and restring into the strand. If you would like to shorten the necklace we would remove a few and restring them. You can use the extra to craft other matching pearl jewelry such as earrings or bracelets. Some people stop wearing their pearl necklaces because it is not the perfect length at the time. That is a shame because it is always adjustable! 

This is the standard 16″ length. It is possible to add or remove a few pearls to make it just the right lengh. It’s better to restring a necklace you have and adjusting the length rather than not using it. 

To Sum it Up

After reading these main points, take a look at your pearl necklace and see if it needs any special care. If you have doubts, ask us any questions or bring in your necklace for us to take a look. We are happy to guide you through what needs to be done. We hope this information was useful. 

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