Do you know that fine silk thread is considered necessary for stringing pearls and gemstones? Although it is perfectly all right to string many types of semi-precious beads on one or more strands of flexible steel or nylon wire, in which case you need crimps (which are soft metal beads) and wire protectors for a neat finish. But sewing cotton – however many strands you use – is simply not strong enough, and you should not forget that the rough edges of beads can be quite sharp and saw through cotton quite easily. Leather is good for stringing bracelets on, or waxed cotton cord for macrame, which is a form of textile produced using knotting techniques. The strongest fibre of all is gel-spun, polyethylene braided thread.

Coco Chanel said “A woman needs ropes and ropes of pearls.”

Pearls should be strung on silk with a knot between each individual pearl – and then restrung whenever the knots become frayed, stretched, discoloured or dirty. The knots keep the pearls from rubbing against one another and the nacre chipping, and of course also protect against loss should the strand break.

If you have pearls or beads that need to be restrung, just come to us at Anania or Diamonds by Design, and then you will be able to wear them again with delight.

So you see, stringing requires deftness and patience and expertise, especially when knotting and attaching a clasp. Don’t worry about learning to string yourself. Just drop in to Anania or Diamonds by Design with your pearls or beads when you have time, and we will restring your necklaces and bracelets, and make sure you get them back looking as good as new – or perhaps even better. If you would like to redesign them and go for a different look, we can arrange that too.

You can never take too much care over the choice of your sunglasses and jewlery.