Every woman at least once life has all been there. There is one necklace that you desperately want to wear only to find that when you take it out of the jewelry box, it is tangled. This is especially true if you are someone who is a fan of dainty chains. First of all, it is important to remember that proper storage is essential in order to avoid tangled necklaces. However, there are many ways for you to remedy the situation without a jeweler.
Necklace knots are incredibly difficult to untangle. Also, the longer and thinner the chain, the more challenging the knot! Trying to pry the tangle apart can make the knot even tighter or snap the chain, breaking the necklace completely. However, with some tools and patience, you can unknot your tangled necklace in a couple of minutes.
Before you toss your necklaces or lose your mind trying to untangle them, there are some best ways in order to untangle a necklace, so you will never have to say goodbye to your favorite pieces ever again. The best part is that you probably already have the items you need to keep your necklaces tangle-free in your cabinet. Some people take their tangled necklaces to a professional jeweler to deal with. While this is acceptable, you do not always have the time or the money to do so.
Ways to Untangle Your Necklaces
1. Untangling Your Necklace With a Straight Pin or a Needle
If you cannot seem to loosen the knot, you can use a straight pin or needle to fix it. You should grab the pin and insert it into the center of the knot. Then you should gently pull up or sideways to separate the chains so that you can untangle the chain. This process takes some time and requires patience. You have to make sure in order to keep an eye for catching any openings, as you can break it.
2. Untangling Your Necklace Using Baby Powder
You should sprinkle a little bit of baby powder over the knot to act as a lubricant. Baby powder is safe to add to necklaces and can easily be washed off. Then you should gently massage the knot to try in order to separate the chains and untangle the necklace. Insert the tips of your two needles into the middle of the knotted area. While in the knot, pick and pull the needles away from each other to try and open up the knot. When you begin to expand the space between the knotted areas, you can start to separate individual necklace strands. Once you untangle your knot, you have to make sure to rinse off the baby powder from the necklace using a mild soap. Rinse the necklace off with clean water, and use a paper towel to gently dry the necklace.
With this method, you are going to follow the same steps as the oil method. The only difference is that you are going to use baby powder instead of oil. The baby powder is an alternative lubricator that will help in order to make pulling apart the knots much simpler.
3. Untangling Your Necklace Using a Screwdriver
You should start preparing your workspace. You should locate a workplace that you do not mind potentially scratching the surface. Or as an alternative way, you can lie down a protective surface to on your flat workspace. Then, put a screwdriver into the knot. You can insert the sharp part of the tool through the middle portion of the knot. Press the screwdriver onto your work surface so it is completely touching the work surface. Wiggle the screwdriver back and forth until the necklace begins to loosen around the knot. This same method can be used with practically any small and thin objects such as pin, needle, tack and so on. Then, it is time to pull apart the knot. Once the knot has loosened, you can use the screwdriver and your fingers in order to begin pulling apart and separating the individual sections of the knot.
4. Untangling Your Necklace Using Lubricating Oil (Baby Oil or Mineral Oil)
Lubrication can be key for untangling necklaces, especially if it is one with a very thin chain. For this process, it is recommended that using either baby oil or mineral oil, as it will help the chain glide through any knots that have been made over time. You will also need a straight pin in order to make this untangling work, as your fingers will likely be too big. This easy-to-follow tip goes back to our grandmother’s.
First, you should find a clear workspace, such as a hard and flat surface, in order to work at while you untangle the knot. The flat and hard surface will provide stability when you begin working through the tangles and it will prevent other tangles from forming during the process. You have to be sure that your workspace has plenty of light. So, you can see the knots and tangles clearly and more visible. Working on black or white background helps more in such cases.
Then, you should unclasp the necklace. You should unclasp the fasteners connecting the two ends of the necklace. Just keep in mind that, if you have multiple necklaces tangled together instead of one, undo the clasp or latch for each one.
As a next step, you should spread out your necklace. Whether you have one tangled necklaces or multiple necklaces tangled together, you should lay them on your work surface, and gently spread them out. So, you can identify the tangled part easily. While doing that, you have to be careful not to pull your necklace very hard as you spread it on your workspace. You could end up tightening the knot or breaking the necklace.
You can add a lubricant to the knot. The oil will allow the strands of the necklace in order to slide past each other more easily as you untangle the knot. Because of the fact that lubricating oils are safe to add to necklaces, and can be easily washed off from your necklaces.
After adding oil, you can pull apart the knot with needles easily. Any fine needle such as a sewing needle, safety pin, or thumbtack will work for this untangling process. Poke the sharp tips of two needles into the center of the knot. While in the middle of the knot, gently pull the needles away from each other to open and loosen the knot. Once you get an opening in the knot, use the needles to pull apart each strand of the necklace within the knot.
As the last step, you have to clean your necklace. Once the necklace has been untangled, you can remove the oil by dunking the soiled portion of the necklace into a mixture of mild detergent and water. You can rinse off the necklace with clean water, and gently dry the necklace with a paper towel or a soft cloth. On the other hand, you can also use a store-bought jewelry cleaner in order to remove the oil on the necklace. Just be sure to rinse the necklace with clean water, and gently dry it.
5. Taking Your Tangled Necklace to a Jeweler
It is very likely that they will be able to do it free of charge and for more expensive pieces, this may be a preferable choice to make. Jewelers have a variety of specialized tools that are designed for untangling chains. Each piece is designed to be gentle enough on the material as to not damage it and will require a lot of patience to use. IF the jeweler finds there is no way in order to untangle the necklace without damage, they will remove the rings used to keep both ends of the necklace together which is known as jump rings. Once they have been clipped, the chain should easily come apart and they will solder new jump rings onto the necklace.
Tips to Keep in Mind during Untangling Your Necklaces
1. Be Patient
Your tangled necklaces may look like a wild mess. However, take a few seconds to look at the mess and figure out how the necklaces are tangled together. Different chain styles will help you identify each necklace, you should try to start picking them apart as much as you can to find your untangling starting point.
2. Start Unclasping All Necklaces
Before you even start, you have to make sure to unclasp all the necklaces in your pile. Otherwise, the loop of a closed necklace will make it more difficult to pull apart. Unclasping your necklaces will also help you figure out where one chain starts and where it ends.
3. Follow the Beads
If you have beaded necklaces in your pile, start with those beads. Pearl necklaces or statement necklaces with beads are easier to untangle. Not to mention, they require extra attention as they can be the most fragile to untangle. Pearl necklaces, for example, are not made with chains, but instead strings that can easily break. Starting with the beaded necklaces will also make untangling the chains that much easier.
How to Prevent Them From Untangling
After losing 30-minutes or more untangling your necklaces, the last thing you want happening is them tangling again. There are many things you can do when storing and wearing them to prevent them from turning into a big pile of chain knots.
1. Careful About Storing Your Necklaces Properly
Investing in a pretty necklace hanger is the most important purchase you will ever make for your necklaces. Instead of keeping them crumbled together in a box or a bag, try a necklace hanger that will help you keep them separated and untangled. If you have precious necklaces, you may want to try to keep them in necklaces boxes with velvet padding to make sure they do not scratch or tangle easily.
2. Using Straws
Straws are by far the cheapest and easiest way to prevent tangles in your jewelry. This method may work best with mostly thinner necklaces and necklaces that do not have an attached and immovable pendant in the center of the chain. The pendant will not be able to fit through the straw. If your necklace has an immovable pendant, you can consider cutting the straw in half, threading one chain on the side of the pendant through the straw.
You can unclasp the two ends of your necklace. You can hold a drinking straw vertically, and drop the smaller end of your necklace clasp down through the straw. When the necklace comes out through the bottom of the straw, reconnect the two ends of your necklace in order to prevent tangling.
3. Use Necklet
If you love to layer your necklaces, you are probably familiar with them getting stuck together and tangling forever. In order to solve this nagging issue, having a necklet in your jewelry box is a life savior. Necklet helps you layer necklaces while preventing them from tangling by separating them at the clasp. This way, you can rock your layered necklace without worrying about them getting tangled.
4. Hanging Your Necklaces
Rather than keeping all of your necklaces in a jewelry box, you may consider to use a necklace tree or create your own necklace hanger. It can be quite an achievement to display your most beautiful in your bedroom or wardrobe. You can use pins and a bulletin board in order to make a fun and unique jewelry hanger. It could be something specifically designed for you to delicately keep all of your necklaces safe and secure without the worry of tangling. In other respect, you should keep in mind that heavy necklaces might not hang very securely on the pins.
5. Using Business Cards
If you have extra business cards lying around the house, this could be a fantastic idea, as you will essentially be making your own display cards for jewelry. You can cut one slit on either side of the business cars by using scissors. You can then clasp your necklace and slide each half of the chain into the slits you have created. You have to be sure that it is set tightly and securely in order to avoid tangles.
6. Bag Your Necklaces While Traveling
You may want to insert your necklace into a small and snap closure bag and leave the clasp closure outside of the bag. Snap as much of the small baggie as you can shut, except for the area where the clasp is hanging out. The small baggie will keep the necklace contained without jumbling the chain together.