The second important component of a high quality pearl necklace is the point where the thread meets the clasp. High quality necklaces are threaded on silk thread and where the knot ends and the clasp begins, the thread must never sit against the metal. This might seem like a minor details however this point of contact will wear down over time and will, most likely, be the first point of contact to break. So, how do we keep this point of contact strong so the thread will not break? At The Pearl Girls and other high quality pearl jewelry providers, we run the thread through a wire coil so the thread remains protected before it is attached to the clasp. So, thread is protected against the clasp.
I bring all of this up because we had a necklace sent to us which had broken, after years of wear, at this exact spot. The pearls are lovely and the necklace was well made but with this minor oversight of thread against metal, the necklace broke.
Again, it was a pretty necklace and it was poor oversight to create a necklace like this without protecting the thread against the clasp. So, to repair the necklace, we restrung the entire necklace on silk, knotted between each pearl and put the thread through metal (called french wire) to ensure this sort of break does not happen again.
The result is a beautiful necklace which will last a much longer time! This is yet another secret to high quality pearl necklaces: Choose gorgeous pearls, knot them well and finish the necklace so that it can be enjoyed for years to come!