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The Perfect Fit: A Guide to Resizing Your Pearl Necklace

Written by Anna Currell
September 13, 2023

A pearl necklace is a classic, precious, and timeless piece of jewelry that warrants special care and attention. When you invest in a pearl necklace, you want to ensure it fits perfectly — both in size and style. In this article, we’ll lay out everything you need to know before you resize your pearl necklace, so that you can get a comfortable, accurate, and stylish fit.

Understanding Pearl Necklace Anatomy

Pearl necklaces have a delicate and unique structure that sets them apart from other necklaces. To begin, pearls are organic gemstones that are incredibly delicate — they have a Mohs Hardness Scale ranking of 2.5 out of 10, which means that almost every other material can scratch them easily. 

In addition to their delicate nature, pearls are also traditionally strung on fragile strings. The beading of pearl necklaces involves specific, careful techniques — jewelers will sometimes incorporate knots between the pearls to maintain their position, create separation between each individual pearl, and create a desired aesthetic effect. While jewelers can use a soldering iron to adjust the length of a metal necklace, pearls have to be carefully restrung by hand to protect each individual pearl and maintain the quality of the overall necklace.


Why You Might to Resize a Pearl Necklace

There are lots of reasons why you might want to resize a pearl necklace. Here are just a few:

  1. Weight fluctuation: Some pearl necklaces are worn close to the neck like chokers, so if your weight fluctuates, the length of the necklace may no longer be suitable. Resizing allows you to adjust the length to maintain both comfort and style, without stretching the string.
  2. Comfort and wearability: Some people prefer longer necklaces that hang lower on the chest, while others like them shorter and closer to the neck. Being able to resize pearls gives you flexibility to find the ideal length for your comfort.
  3. Style preferences: You may want to wear a pearl necklace for a different purpose than originally intended, requiring a resize. For example, if you inherited a choker length pearl necklace, but you prefer a double or triple strand necklace, you can resize and update your piece accordingly. Or a matinee length necklace could be shortened to a more dramatic choker style. You can unlock endless styling possibilities with a simple restringing.
  4. Fashion trends: Pearl necklace lengths go in and out of fashion. In the 1990s and early 2000s, very long pearl necklaces that hung low on the chest or even past the collar bone were popular. Nowadays, pearl necklace trends have shifted towards shorter lengths that sit high on the neck, right at the collar bone. Resizing a pearl necklace to meet of-the-moment trends may require either lengthening or shortening, depending on the length of your original piece.

Factors to Consider When Resizing a Pearl Necklace

There are a few different elements that contribute to the final effect of a resized pearl necklace. Before resizing your pearl necklace, first and foremost take into account the size of the pearls and the overall design of the necklace. For instance, if the pearls are all different sizes in a graduated style for example, you’ll want to be sure that resizing the necklace doesn’t disrupt the flow. Some pearl sizes are more effective in longer or shorter designs, so it’s important to pay attention to the overall effect of your pearl necklace.

Then you should determine your ideal necklace length. It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the names of various standard lengths like choker, matinee, and princess necklaces. Knowing this can help you get a feel for what style you’re going for and can help you to communicate to your jeweler what length you’re expecting. Understanding these different lengths will help you perfectly resize your necklace so it complements your outfits and enhances your overall vibe.


Finding a Reliable Jeweler

To get the best possible outcome when resizing a pearl necklace, we recommend turning to the professionals. While it may be possible to try resizing your pearl necklace home, it’s an easy process to mess up if you don’t have the right tools and training. You might break the string and lose or damage your pearls in the process. That’s why it’s a good idea to trust a jeweler with the expertise and knowledge to handle delicate pearls and apply intricate stringing techniques. They’ll flawlessly resize your necklace while preserving its integrity and beauty. When searching for a reputable jeweler or specialist, consider asking friends and family for recommendations and make sure you read customer reviews to gauge the expert’s reliability and skill level.

Proper Care for Your Resized Pearl Necklace

Once your pearl necklace has been successfully resized, be sure to preserve its beauty and longevity with proper care and maintenance. Avoid exposing your necklace to harsh chemicals, perfumes, or cosmetics, as these substances can damage both the pearls and the string. When cleaning your necklace at home with a soft, damp cloth, make sure to use slow and gentle movements. Never put your necklace in an ultrasonic cleaner, since it will likely be too harsh for fragile and porous pearls. You should also use a soft jewelry box or pouch to prevent any tangling or scratching.

If you're ready to get your pearl necklace resized, the Quick Jewelry Repairs team is here to help. Our team of expert jewelers are trained to handle all kinds of delicate jewelry pieces with care and precision. We’ll make sure your pearl necklace is resized safely and accurately, so you can get back to wearing your necklace exactly the way you want before you know it.

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