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!
Yes, we are a pearl jewelry business and we repair lots of broken pearl necklaces! But, we work with a lot of beads and stones, too! One customer reached out to ask about her broken turquoise necklace.
Dear Pearl Girls,
I have this necklace of turquoise pieces that broke several years ago (photo attached). Been sitting in a baggie in a drawer ever since. I know your business is all about pearls, but do you also restring things such as this? If not, do you know someone who does?
The Pearl Girls restrung some Mikimoto pearls several months ago for me, and I was highly pleased. Thank you so much for that. I have today placed another order for a mailer to send you a set of freshwater pearls that need to be retied to the clasp. If you can restring the turquoise, I could include it in the package with the pearls.
Looking forward to your reply.
Thanks so much for reaching out!!! I am so happy you were pleased with the work we did on your Mikimoto’s! We would love to restring these turquoise beads for you and reattach them to their clasp so they will be wearable once again. We recommend simply stringing them and not worrying about knots. We will use a heavier silk thread so they will not break. Our restringing cost is $1.50 per inch. I know you said you ordered a Jewelry Return Kit. If you need another one, simply click here. You are also welcome to mail them directly to our Hawthorne Ave office. We look forward to putting as much love and care into this necklace as we did with your strand of Mikimoto pearls.
Also, please know that with a bag of beads sometimes we need to charge a design fee. When we are sent a bag of pearls or beads of different sizes, we take a great deal of time laying out and matching the jewelry before we start work on the necklace. Any design work such as this carries a cost of $20 per hour, billed in 1/4 hour increments. Thanks for understanding!
All the best,
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!
I recently got this email from a customer interested in repairing her pearl and jade necklace. This is a very common question… “Can you do this…” More often than not, the answer is, “YES!” but keep the questions coming! And thank you for trusting us with your beautiful jewelry!!
Hi, I have a very nice pearl and jade necklace that needs to be repaired and possibly restrung. On one side the string has broken off from the clasp. Although there is only one strand, the clasp is for 2 strands. This is how I received it, I don’t know if it once had 2 strands or if it was always just one strand. The one strand that is there is very long—about 33″ right now. It is a very nice quality piece, the clasp is solid 14K white gold with genuine pearls and genuine diamonds. The pearls and jade beads on the strand are also genuine. I would like to be able to wear it, so I thought I would send some photos of it to you to see what you thought in terms of making it wearable again. Thank you very much.
What a beautiful necklace! And yes, with this type of clasp it was definitely once a double strand necklace and I believe you have enough length to make it a double strand again! The length will work out to be about a 16″ and 17″ necklace. It is possible that the previous owner broke the necklace and decided to do something different with it. The clasp is absolutely beautiful and I personally prefer to keep clasps that match their uses. I once had an overseas supplier who made double strand bracelets with triple strand clasps. I was horrified! Little oversights like that make a huge difference (now that we make everything in-house, we do not have to worry about those sorts of inconsistencies anymore!). I say keep the clasp and make it into a double strand necklace or we could change it to a double strand bracelet (which would also be beautiful) and create something new with the remaining beads and pearls.
If the 16″ and 17″ strands would be too short for you, we can get creative! We can add more pearls or beads to lengthen the strand for you. Also, it appears that this pearl and jade necklace is not knotted between each pearl and bead. By adding knots we will automatically add a small bit of length to the necklace. This will also protect the necklace from wear and tear and help you not to lose any beads if it breaks! This might add just enough to make this strand more wearable, too! Let’s chat on the phone about possibilities and it you want to get the necklace to us, we can also see a lot more just looking at it upclose. Click here to order a Jewelry Return Kit or simply mail the pearl and jade necklace directly to us at our Hawthorne St. address! Thanks so much for reaching out!! We look forward to repairing this necklace for you!!
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!