Jeweler’s Method for Untangling Necklaces

Woman with wavy brown hair, almond eyes, and full lips wearing choker made of oversized pearls.
Don’t have supplies on hand for the other methods of untangling necklaces? Use this secret jewelers method that only requires your hands!
Just as our bodies get aches, pains, and knots so do our necklaces (except we feel the aches and pains from their knots!). This method is perfect for doubling in practice as a massage therapist (we are [half] joking here) or for learning how to better make breads (again, half joking although we are pretty [half] sure this might actually work haha!). A method often used in jewelry shops, but not as well known to the public, unlike the The Baby (Un-)Knot Method we speak about here this method does not rely on lubrication to work through. Despite the massage-like technique involved, the Roll the Rock Method only needs patience, your hands, and most important of all: time. But it’s all worth it, because soon you will have your gorgeous necklace back on your neck and nothing can make a woman feel more beautiful than a stunning necklace that brings attention to her eyes, hair, or lips.

Pro Tip: Play your favorite music in the background to better pass the time!

For this method you will need:
  • Time (As stated in the other methods, time is your friend and closest ally in any method of unraveling tangled necklaces).
  • Patience (It can be tempting to give up when unknotting a jumbled mess of necklaces, but nothing good is ever achieved without effort. Don’t give up, even when it seems nothing is loosening the knot, in five, ten, or even one minute your hard work may start to visibly pay off. Keep trying. If you need to, take some deep breaths or give yourself a break to walk around or chat on the phone and give your eyes and fingers a break. Take it slow and easy and soon you’ll have your necklaces back in their original, wearable and beautiful form!).
  • A flat solid surface to work at (such as a table or counter top).
  • Good lighting in order to see your work.
  • Optional, but useful: Straight pins, paper clips, or sewing needles. Alternatives include the tips of metal crochet and knitting needles or metal chopsticks and safety pins.
Whenever you are ready to begin, continue on below with this easy 3-step popular jeweler’s method for untangling necklaces.
  1. To begin with, spread out your necklace or necklaces on the solid surface you’ve chosen to work at, gently separating each necklace or section of the chain until you have one main knot to focus on.  If you have multiple knots, focus on one knot at a time while continuing with the instructions, remaining gentle and calm. Unclasp any visible or accessible clasps on necklaces that have them as this helps create a few more paths that your necklaces can follow to undo themselves from either each other or the knot.
  2. Once you have deknotted and spread your necklace or necklaces as much as you can (without straining, which can accidentally tighten knots!), it is time to engage the jeweler’s secret method of massage. Taking the knot (if multiple knots, the knot of your choice) into the palms of your hands, gently squeeze into the center of the knot while moving your palms (not hands) in an almost circular direction. Continue doing this until the knot begins to flatten. If at any time clasps become visible or accessible, unclasp them and continue massaging.If the knot is  persistent and doesn’t seem to be flattening out, switch to using the tips of your fingers to kneed the knot like a small piece of dough, gently pulling outward and in (make sure to pull in, not just outward in order to aid in the release of chains and pendants) while slowly circling the knot in order to pull in and out all sides of the knot. If you have ever flattened a pizza or dough, the feeling you get by performing this method may seem familiar.
  3. Once your necklaces begin to loosen, carefully continue gently pulling, moving in a circular method with your fingers (if you have not already begun doing so) until the chains are loose enough to begin gently working through. Once you get to this point, you can start focusing on each individual strand, carefully looping it out from the other necklaces. If at anytime you begin to experience frustration with one strand, take a break and switch to a different strand. Eventually your necklaces should be back in their beautiful and wearable condition.
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