Every woman has been there before: opening a jewelry box or wherever you keep your accessories to find a favorite necklace in a knot. How does it even happen? What do you do now? You’re going to want to save this article, because here are some simple tips on how to untangle necklace chains.
How to Untangle Necklace Chains in Three Minutes or Less
The first thing you need to do is find a clear work space to spread your necklace out on. Then unclasp the necklace so it will be easier for both ends to slip free of the knot.
Most importantly, find something to lubricate the knot, like baby oil or baby powder, so the chains can slip past each other more easily. If you would like to loosen the knot a little further before attempting to untangle the chain, put the necklace in a small container on top of something that vibrates, such as a washing machine.
Finally, use something small and pointy to help you separate the chains out of the knot. A sewing needle or push pin would be ideal for this task. The point is to get the chains loose enough so that you can use your fingers to untangle the rest.
Once you’ve freed your necklace from its knot, be sure to use some mild soap and water to clean off whatever substance you used to loosen the chains.
3 Tips to Keep Your Necklaces from Getting Knotted
Now that you know how to untangle necklace chains, it’s important to know how to properly store them to keep the problem from happening again. If you have the space, one method is to hang up your necklaces, whether that is from a necklace tree or wall hooks made for keys, or a more DIY solution like individual push pins on a board.
If you’d prefer to keep your necklaces on a tray or in a drawer, another solution is to thread one end through a plastic straw before clasping it closed. If your chain necklace has a pendant in the middle that doesn’t slide, try cutting a straw into two pieces and threading both sides into a half. Storing your necklaces this way is great for travel as well.
Speaking of travel, another simple way to pack your necklaces is to put the chains in individual baggies, whether that be cloth jewelry pouches or even plastic jewelry ziplock bags. Close the bag as tight as you can but allow room for the clasp and a bit of the chain to be draped outside of the opening. This will keep your beloved diamond necklace from tangling within itself or with another necklace or bracelet in your luggage.
Get In-Person Help at Jewelry Design Center
If for some reason these tips don’t work for you, or a necklace is damaged during the untangling process, don’t worry! The repair masters at Jewelry Design Center are here to help. Our team of jewelers know everything from how to untangle necklace chains to how to repair a broken one, and they can teach you how to properly store and care for them too.
And if you’re in the market for something new, our showrooms have an array of gorgeous pieces for a variety of budgets. Visit us in Spokane or Kennewick, or start shopping online right now!