Pearl stringing is a traditional technique that requires patience to master and an eye for detail. Our pearl stringing or pearl restringing service is suitable for repairing pearl necklaces, renovating older pieces and altering the shape and style of pearl jewellery. This technique can also be used on bead necklaces and bracelets.
Our pearl stringing specialists use the traditional method of hand knotting on a double strand of silk thread. Prices for our stringing services depend on the pearls or beads, their size, the length of the piece, the number of rows and the complexity of its design.
We look forward to hearing from you about your pearl stringing needs. Contact us today.
We recommend that pearls are strung every six months to 18 months depending on wear. Heavier necklaces should be strung regularly as the weight of the beads will pull on the thread causing unsightly gaps and leaving it prone to breaking. It is advisable to choose bead restringing as soon as the thread looks stretched or when tiny gaps start to appear between beads and next to the knots.
Most pearl necklaces are strung knotted, with a very small knot between each pearl. This gives an elegant drape and reduces wear on the pearls.
The benefit of double knotting pearls is that, should the thread on your necklace break, it is likely you will risk losing only one or two pearls as the rest will be protected by the next knot.
If the pearls in your jewellery are smaller, they will tend to be strung either un-knotted or with a knot every three to five pearls. This avoids the pearls looking overwhelmed by knots.
Different weights of thread are used for different sizes of pearl and the drill holes that run through them. This influences the size of the knot. We always endeavour to keep knots as small and as tight as possible, depending on the thread size.
When stringing pearls, we use white silk thread unless you request otherwise. Silk thread is the perfect choice because it reduces wear on pearls and the interior of the drill holes.
Pearl jewellery maintenance is essential to keep your pieces looking their best. Dirt and grease will coat the thread during normal wear, which can affect its appearance and lead to breakage. Creams, body lotions and perfume can damage the top layer of your pearls leading to a weathered look. Other things to avoid are pulling at your pearl strands, swinging them or shaking them in your hand.
If you notice the thread on your pearl jewellery is not looking its best, please bring it to us, at Burlington Arcade. During the pearl restringing process, each individual gem will be cleaned giving your whole piece a new lease of life.
At Moira Fine Jewellery, we also specialise in bead stringing and restringing. We will always try to match the thread colour precisely to the colour of your gemstone beads, unless you request otherwise. We tend to use a tougher thread than silk when bead stringing, such as polyester or cotton, as your beads are less susceptible than pearls to wear and tear.
Taking an elegant pearl strand and redesigning it into a contemporary jewel is a challenge we love at Moira Fine Jewellery. We can remodel and redesign strung jewellery, while also carrying out essential repairs. We have transformed a single row pearl necklace into a double row, and even find perfectly matching pearls to enhance your existing pieces. We have also remodelled brooches into clasps for stunning pearl choker centrepieces.
Speak to our team today to find out more about our expert pearl and bead stringing services.