Can You Just Replace The Clasp? This is such a common question… You have a great pearl or beaded necklace and you do not want to pay for the entire necklace to be restrung but you have a broken clasp. Is it possible to just replace the clasp without restringing the entire necklace? Great question! Yesterday I got this email from Lena:
About a year ago, your Pearl Girls restrung the strand of faux pearls. Beautiful! But the antique clasp has broken.
1) Would it be possible to remove the simple gold-filled clasp on the baby pearls I purchased from you and put on my faux strand.
2) Then could you add a clasp to the baby pearls?
3) Can you remove the simple silver clasp on the dark pearls and replace with the round filigree that you use??
I don’t want to get into any restringing. Also, if this is possible, please provide the costs per item.
It is so great to hear from you! There are two different ways to string a necklace. One way is to attach the silk thread directly to the clasp. Another way is to attach the thread to a small metal ring (called a jump ring) that then attaches to a clasp. If the thread is attached directly to the clasp, it is impossible to replace the clasp without restringing the entire necklace. You can see that this is how your necklaces appear to be created. The dark pearls might have a jump ring on it. If so, we can replace the clasp on it.
Our reknot policy is that we restring or reknot your necklaces the same way you send them to us, unless you specify otherwise. Truthfully, to add a small jump ring creates a heavier “metal” look which can be perceived as bulkier or without the clean lines of a necklace attached directly to the clasp. If you send us a necklace with those same clean lines, we replicate it for you.
With our new pieces, I have made the decision to add the small metal ring. You can see it in this image of our pearl necklace/clasp. The jump ring on the right side of the clasp is a little more noticeable than the ring on the left side of the clasp, which is slightly hidden beneath the clasp. Again, this makes for a stronger “metal” look and affects the aesthetic but it makes it more practical when you want to change out a clasp. It is possible to simply cut the jump ring, slide the clasp out and put in a new clasp on the jump ring.
When is it not practical to replace the clasp on our design? When you want to change from a silver clasp to a gold clasp. Do you see the tight silver coil right up against the pearl? That is called french wire. Any well strung necklace will have french wire because you never attach silk directly to metal. What we do when we finish a necklace is we loop the thread through a wire coil and attach this to the metal ring. So, metal is always touching metal, not thread on metal. If you want to change out the clasp to a different metal, it is impossible to change out the french wire. And it is pretty tough to actually change out the small silver ring, too. So, again changing the clasp from silver to gold would also require a total restringing of the necklace.
Wish I had better news about changing your clasps around! Let me know if you want to replace the clasp on the dark pearl necklace with our filigree clasp! Also, something else to think about… it appears that we simply restrung your baby pearl necklaces – without knots. Restringing a necklace without knotting it is more affordable… only $1.50 per inch. So, your investment would be less! Thanks for reaching out to us to do more work on your pearl necklaces. I hope you are fantastic!
We started fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in 2014 by launching our Single Pearl Necklaces and I am so excited to launch our newest fundraiser, the Light the Neck Necklace.
Light the Night raises funds in support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). The mission of LLS is: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS exists to find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk is a wonderful fundraising event about Hope, Remembrance, and Support of lives touched by cancer. It’s an event about communities coming together as one to find cancer cures. And the Light the Night Walk is the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s major fundraising event of the year. During the walk (which is held at night), Walkers carry illuminated lanterns – White for survivors, Red for supporters and Gold in memory of loved ones lost to a blood cancer. Registration is free, but walkers are encouraged to raise funds to support the mission. During the Walk, walkers carry illuminated lanterns in three colors: white lanterns are carried by survivors; red lanterns by supporters; gold lanterns are carried by those walking in memory of loved ones lost to cancer.
In honor of these colors, we are offering the Light the Neck Necklace in these colors, too. You can also choose a color simply because it resonates well with you. We are also offering this necklace in black.
I have been drawn to this fundraiser by an amazing and inspiring woman, Terri Staroska. In 2014 Terri and I met and created the fundraiser for LLS. She was an independent fundraiser then, inspired to raise money for Nashville’s woman of the year.
After being involved with the charity for a couple of years, she felt a calling to join them in finding a cure for blood cancer, and today, she is the State of Tennessee Director for the Light The Night Campaign. She continues to inspire me to give, not only to her wonderful organization which does so much but also to support a strong woman who is an advocate for so many. This is truly my work in this world, to support others and their great work.
And I am so proud that The Pearl Girls can do our part to give to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is one of the few charities who give money directly to patients to help them pay for medication, treatment, and travel costs associated with treating their cancer.
Last year, just in Tennessee:
23 patients were given $5,750 in Travel Assistance Funds. This money helps patients in our Rural Tennessee Counties with transportation costs to and from their chemotherapy treatments and doctor’s appointments.
• We were able to help patients offset the cost of expensive cancer medications by providing Tennessee patients with insurance co-pay assistance. 359 patients in Tennessee received Co-Pay Assistance totaling $1,083,334.58 and 835 patients received Financial Aid totaling $83,500.
All of this was made possible by donations and by money raised by our Light The Night Walkers.
Thank you for joining me in doing our small part for Light the Night.
Let’s Light the Neck!
Watch the growth of an akoya oyster from 1 day old to 2 years old! This little oyster is all grown up!!!
***I filmed this in Japan!***
What is the true color of akoya pearls? Many people have gotten caught up in the online videos of opening oysters for pearls. There has long been a trade of companies seeding akoya oysters with pearls so the oyster can be reopened to find a pearl. I just admit, I totally get it! I fly all over the world to harvest pearls and I love the thrill of going to pearl farms and opening oysters for pearls. What fun! But many of you are confused because these akoya pearls have colored pearls in them… why? That is a great question! Here is a look at a true akoya pearl harvest:
I just got a question and I wanted to post it here for many of you who might be confused about the different types of pearls. The question was, “Are your pearls FRESH WATER, SALT WATER OR CULTURED PEARLS?” That is such a great question which highlights a lot of the different info that floats around about pearls!
I am hoping you can tell me something about the pearls in the attached photograph.
My mother recently passed away at age 90. She had this pearl necklace before I was born when she was 20. I am not trying to determine the monetary value of this necklace, just maybe something about this type of pearl. The necklace is about 62″ long. Sterling silver chain, no clasp. The pearls look very rough. Yet they seem to have never lost their lustre. The necklace had been kept put away in a jewelry box for probably the last 20 years. I remember her telling me that it was of great value to her. For me, the value is sentimental. I would like to take this piece to a jeweler to have the silver cleaned and polished and to probably have the pearls cleaned too, if that is something that you would recommend. I have someone I can trust to do that for me. However, before doing that I am wondering if you might know anything about the pearls shown.
I wear this piece occasionally. It is one of several older pieces of jewelry that my mother owned that bring back very fond memories for me. I am a June baby and pearls are my birthstone. I have a very nice cultured pearl choker that my mother’s mother gave me for my high school graduation. I keep it tucked away and wear it on very special occasions. While I save my cultured pearl necklace for special occasions, I find that the necklace shown is something that I choose to wear more often, at least at the moment. It is definitely a sentimental thing. I also have some freshwater pearl jewelry, necklaces and bracelets with small almost bed like pearls and a pair of dangle earrings. They are something that has been purchased or given to me as a gift in the last 20 or 30 years.
Learning something about these pearls or even this style of necklace would be fun for me. Unfortunately, the photo I have submitted is about as good as I can get with my cell phone. If you need something that is more close up, I can see about having someone take a picture with a good camera with zoom lens.
I am interested to learn what you might know about this piece. I may be wrong, but I think it is very unique and I have never seen one like it before and have searched the internet looking for something similar. Is it unusual? Have you seen other pieces like this?
This is my favorite piece of pearl jewelry.
Thanks so much for reaching out to us! I am so happy you found us online! What are these pearls?
Unfortunately, I do not have much info for you! I have seen pearls like this in the past, same size and shape and they had maintained their luster but they were imitation pearls. I feel like I want to jump to that conclusion in this case but it is just impossible to say without touching them or seeing them in a better image. So, do some investigating…. put your teeth on them, do they feel gritty when you rub your teeth on them? Sometimes I know if might be tough when the pearls are bumpy so the other idea is to go by weight. Do they feel heavy or light? Although not all imitation pearls are lightweight, it is a good indicator that when they are super light, they are most likely fake.
Now, if they are real, I would love to do some digging. Do you have any info about where she got the pearls or from whom?
Thanks for reaching out! Let’s keep chatting!
Good morning. Thanks for getting back to me. I did rub them on my teeth (forgot from years ago that this was one thing to try) and they do have a rough feel to them. That being said, my mother who passed away in June at the age of 90 told me years ago that these were a gift from her father and that they were real. I know this may or may not be true.
My grandfather died in 1968 at the age of 88. He was the youngest of 7 children born to Scottish immigrants. My grandfather was the only child to be born in the U.S. He was born I believe in New Jersey, but for most of his younger life lived in Colorado. My grandfather was a chemist by education and later became a salesman for I think it was BF Goodrich. As a salesman he traveled quite a bit. So it is anybody’s guess where these might have come from.
I wish there were some way for my to track this down, but quite frankly my mother was the oldest of 4 children. All but the youngest have passed away. So for me, the origin of these may remain one of the great mysteries of life. As I said in my previous email, I am not so much worried about the monetary value as just trying to figure out when and where they may have come from. One thing that is interesting to note is that the chain has no clasp. I wondered if that was something that might be more indicative of the age?