How Much Does It Cost to Restring Pearls?

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Many of you wonder… how much does it cost to restring pearls?

At The Pearl Girls © , we reknot and repair pearls and beaded jewelry from all over the world. Since we create new jewelry, it was a natural transition for our artists to move into repairing and reknotting your broken pieces. But, many customers wonder, how much will it cost to restring my pearls?


I hope this gives you a better idea of the investment in your pearls and gems. It seems that women all across the country are looking for a reputable company that can reknot and restring their fine cultured pearls, imitation pearls, beaded jewelry and more. We are so privileged and honored that you trust us with your fine, meaningful gems. Feel free to order a Jewelry Return Kit from us or, if you are in the Athens, GA area, stop by our shop!

A Lost Art

Thank you. And for the many of you who send us your pearls immediately after they have been restrung at your local jewelry store, we are so sorry that you have had a bad experience with other jewelers. We have come to believe that knotting pearls is another lost art. Many jewelers do not know how to create a well-crafted knotted pearl necklace or bracelet.

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Labor Cost

So, many of you wonder, how much does it cost to restring pearls? The labor charge is exactly $3 per inch to knot your beads or pearls. This means we tie a knot between each bead. This $3 per inch is based on the length of your piece of jewelry. If you have an eight inch bracelet, we will charge you $24 in labor (8 x 3 = 24). If you have an eighteen inch necklace, we will charge you $54 in labor (18 x 3 = 54). We also charge $8 for the silk and supplies and a $10 handling fee. Return shipping is $5, unless you choose to upgrade shipping or add insurance.

In this example, the total cost for reknotting an 8″ bracelet, covering supplies and mailing it back to you is $47. The total cost for reknotting an 18″ necklace, covering supplies and mailing it back to you is $77.

If you have a twenty inch necklace, we will charge you $60 plus $8 for silk and $10 for handling. Many of you have reached out to us saying you have imitation pearls you want knotted or glass beads, in either case, the piece will cost $3 per inch.

This is based on an average to large size pearl or bead.

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To Knot or Not to Knot?

Now, not all jewelry is knotted, right? If you have pearls or beads that are simply strung the cost to restring pearls, without knots,  is $1.50 per inch. Again, we will charge $8 for the silk thread and $10 for handling.

And we do not just string and knot pearls! We can restring any of your beaded jewelry including jet, coral, jade and more.

Size does matter. If you have a necklace with small pearls or beads, it takes us longer to knot it for you. Get out the measuring tape! If there are more than four pearls or beads per inch in your necklace, your investment will be $0.75 per knot. And, again, $8 for the silk and $10 for handling.


Need a new clasp? No problem! Buy a clasp and send it to us or see what clasps we offer HERE!


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Return shipping is always $5 unless you ask for upgraded shipping. Insurance is $1 for each $100 of coverage.

Are you interested in using our highly skilled pearl knotters to reknot or repair your pearls or beads? Awesome! Feel free to order your jewelry return pack or send your pearls directly to us. We have never had a single customer who is not happy with their pearl knotting service with us. Find us on Facebook to read our amazing reviews! Give us a try!

The Pearl Girls
548 Hawthorne Ave
Athens, GA 30606




31 thoughts on “How Much Does It Cost to Restring Pearls?

  1. I have my mother’s pearls with a broken claps can you repair that?

    1. Yes, we can! Usually with broken clasps, depending on the extent of the damage we simply replace them. Send them in, though, we would love to help!

  2. that looks like a tube of glue n the photo, that would damage the pearls

    1. You are absolutely right Arlie! You never want to put glue on pearls! There are pearl approved epoxy that can be used for earrings. We add a dab of glue to secure the last knot on our strands but this requires a steady hand and precision so we don’t typically teach this to our newest pearl knotters until they have been through rigorous training and practice! But, we do find that this is an added way to secure a final knot and ensure the longevity of our knotted strands! Best, India

  3. I have a broken 3-strand necklace. Can it be restrung into a 2-strand necklace?

  4. I have my own pearls can you make them into a necklace for me?

    1. Hi Connie!
      Absolutely! If you send them to us we can definitely make them into a necklace for you! Order a jewelry return kit and we will send you an empty box and return postage. That makes it easier than heading to the post office or FedEx but you are also welcome ship them directly to us! Need help? Call or email us!
      We cannot WAIT to make something beautiful for you!!!



  5. Are you still able to restring pearls in time for Christmas?

    1. Hi Christie! Yes, we are! We aim to finish reknots in two weeks. As we approach Christmas, we do become a lot busier so we encourage y’all to get your reknots to us as soon as possible. But, you still have plenty of time! Thanks for reaching out!! Best, India

  6. I just wanted to confirm you are still doing pearl restringing. If so, I will send mine onto be restrung. Thanks!

    1. Confirmed! Our pearl reknot and restringing business is going strong! Best, India

  7. Hi,
    I have a string of pearls and a string of black beads that need to be restrung (with knots). Can you do them both?

    1. Hi Ann!
      Yes! Although I use the word “pearl” a lot, we also restring all types of beads, too! So we can definitely restring and reknot your black bead necklace!

  8. I have an 18 inch pearl necklace that I want restrung to a 14 inch necklace. The pearls are 5 pearls per inch. I also have a pearl bracelet that is about 5.25 inches not including the closrue of the same size pearl that I would like restrung to the same length it is. How much would this cost? and how long would it take?

    1. Hi Michele!

      Since there are 5 pearls in an inch, you will need to count the knots to get the exact price. We charge .75 per knot.I am going to estimate a total of 105 knots, so $78.75 for the knotting. Add $8 for silk, $10 for handling and $5 for shipping and your grand total estimate is $101.75 for the necklace and bracelet. Again, this is just an estimate. If you send them our wayne can give you a more accurate estimate before we start.



    2. And we estimate 2 weeks to finish the work!



  9. Hello there……I am considering having Native American silver beads restrung. They were not originally knotted. What are the considerations for knotting or not 🙂 Jill Hix 3/27/19

    1. Hi Jill!

      Thanks for reaching out! We can definitely restring those beads for you! Here are some things to consider. We put knots in between our pearls since pearls are so sensitive and soft and the knots protect them from rubbing together. Another great benefit is the knots keep the beads from scattering everywhere if it should break. So, that is an added bonus! However, I do not think your beads will need knots. For one, they do not need protection. Also, if the holes of the beads are too large, tying knots doesn’t make sense since the holes will be swallowed up by the beads.

      Now, in cases like these, I love to actually see the beads in person. Is there an alternative medium we can use to restring your necklace? Maybe! There might be some creative alternatives, besides our silk thread, that we can use. Examples include mesh wire, chin, leather and more. I want to make this necklace as easy to wear and as long lasting as possible. So we will take that into consideration when we restring them.

      So, moving forward, if you want to get these beads to us, we can easily look them over and call you with the best plan to move forward! Order a jewelry return kit or just send them directly to us. We will reach out when they arrive!

      All the Best,


  10. I am requesting to restrand a double strand pearl necklace with a gold clasp; purchased in Saudi Arabia many years past.
    Am I correct in assuming the cost would be $115.00?
    Please advise, and thank you for your compliance. M.

    1. Hi Geraldine!
      Pricing depends on the length, (total length in this case, since there are two strands) the size of the pearls and whether you want it knotted or strung without knots. If you have taken these factors into account and calculated it to $115, then that should be right. If you want to send me these specs, I can double check the price for you.

  11. Would love a jewelry return kit. Have a triple strand of heirloom Pearl’s that need to be restrung. (Middle string broke)
    Thanks !
    Sara kirkham
    925 642 9651

    1. Hi Sara!
      I am so sorry for the delay in responding! We will reach out to you tomorrow and arrange a jewelry return kit! We can definitely fix your necklace for you!


  12. India; I have a question that has not been answered in the comments above. I have a antique
    three strand 15 inch necklace. I have noticed that the graduating size of the pearls have had an impact on how they were strung. Only the center larger pearls were knotted and the gage of silk on the small pearls that are up the line toward the clasp are not. Obviously the knots are necessary for the larger holes in the center pearls and then the large diameter of silk used stops the small pears from falling off. The first question, if I wanted to make this into one long necklace, is that possible? Secondly how would the cost work out on a project like this? Only 1/2 of the pears would need knotted by my calculation?
    Many thanks Dixi January 29 2020

    1. Hi Dixi!
      Great questions! Yes, we can combine your triple strand necklace into one long necklace.

      The only thing to consider is that we cannot typically place a triple strand clasp on a single strand necklace without it looking off. So, consider that you will need a new or different clasp. With your necklace, because it is graduated, we will spend an extra hour or so arranging the entire necklace so it flows in the same graduated style. This will require additional design time billed at $20 an hour.

      Next, we can combine our service of stringing and knotting, no problem. How we do this is we bill the $1.50 per inch to string the necklace. So, multiply the length of the three strands x $1.50. And, each knot we add is an additional $0.75. We will also charge $8 for silk and our handling fee of $10.

      We would love to work on your necklace! Let us know if you need any more info!



  13. I have a fresh water pearl necklace (large pearls) that I want restrung and a nice clasp added. Can you do this?

    1. Yes! We can! Send your pearls to us or order a jewelry return kit! We would love to do this work for you!!

  14. I have pink pearls that are on memory wire . The end pearls are turning and the pearls can be easily removed. I want them restrung and knotted. The wire is 17″. There are 72 pearls and exactly 4 pearls in 1 inch. A clasp will need to be added. What color of silk thread would you use? Could you give me an estimate please. Thank you, Tina Morgan

  15. Are you still in business? I do not see any post dated after June2020. Thank you.

    1. We are! I just don’t always keep up with the blog! Sorry about the confusion!

  16. Approximately how long does it take you to re-strand a pearl necklace (approximately 18”)? My necklace broke and I am heartbroken. The jewelry store my husband bought the necklace from is closing because the owner is retiring.

    1. Hi Bonnie!
      That is so heartbreaking! I am so sorry to hear your necklace broke although we are here to rescue your pearls for you! We ask for a two week turnaround to complete your repair! Call or email us if you need more info! or 706-850-5296
      Best, India

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