Pearl & bead stringing is an important part of keeping your jewelry in good shape. However, very few jewelry stores offer this service to you on-site! You can feel confident that your pearls and beads never have to leave our store and stay in our safe at night.
Our manager Katy is an experienced stringer with over 30 years in handling the most delicate and intricate pearl and bead stringing projects. We string your pearls and beads even if you didn’t purchase them from us. In fact, we even do stringing projects for other jewelers.
When to Restring Your Pearls
When you notice small knots tied between each pearl this is an indication that you’re looking at a strand of good pearls. This stringing technique assures that only one or two pearls will come off if the strand breaks.
However, you might be able to avoid this calamity if you check your strand for wear. Here are a few things to look for that indicate they need restringing:
- When you find so much space between the pearls that you’re able to move the pearl or bead along the silk string, indicating that it has stretched. With a freshly strung strand, you cannot move the pearls.
- Obviously, if you see fraying of the string, definitely have them restrung. Be sure to check around the clasp too.
- Lastly, you may see some of the silk string is soiled and dirty looking which can even damage your pearls over time.
- Broken clasp
Other Reasons to Restring
- Update your pearls and beads by shortening or lengthening the strand. To lengthen a necklace or bracelet we curate matching pearls for your existing strand and expertly restring the strand incorporating the new beads.
- Combining strands and bracelets to make one long piece.
- Dividing a long strand into multiple strands or into a necklace and bracelet.
- You want to upgrade to a fancier clasp or add a pendant.
Pricing and Turnaround Time
We have a $24 minimum fee. We charge $3.50 per inch for stringing a simple single strand. Most importantly, this price also includes knotting. This is a great price! We have no extra silk fees or handling fees that other places charge.
There will be a charge for a clasp if needed, $24 in silver or $55 in 14K yellow or white gold. We can also show you a catalog of clasps if you want something besides the typical little pearl clasp.
Bring in your pearls or beads and we’ll advise you on whether it’s time to restring them and give you a quote for the needed work. If you need a quote on a complicated job and want to talk with our resident expert, ask for Katy. She does 98% of our stringing on-site, as well as stringing for other jewelers.
We typically finish a stringing job within a week. However, let us know if you need them sooner and we can usually make it happen. And rest assured, your beautiful pearls are locked in our safe every night.
Additionally, when BUYING pearls from Copeland’s, you’ll be able to get free in-house stringing at whatever length you prefer.
Standard Lengths of Pearl or Beads
When considering the length of the pearl or beads you want there are some standard lengths to keep in mind: collar, choker, princess, matinee, and opera length.
- Collar – about 12-13″ long. Usually, a multiple strand necklace that sits at the middle of the neck.
- Choker – about 14-16″ long. Normally sits above the collar bone and is favored by more petite women.
- Princess – about 17-19″ long. An 18″ strand is the most popular length for its versatility and comfort.
- Matinee – about 20-24″ long. Once considered more formal but now growing in popularity worn with business attire and suits. This length lays at the top of the bust line.
- Opera – about 24-54″ long. Perfect with formal wear. But can also be worn doubled, tripled, or knotted for a vast variety of looks. At full length, this strand lays just above the midsection.
Any Kind of Pearl or Beads
We can string any kind of pearl or beads and have taken on just about everything. Over decades we have done stringing projects on classic round Akoyas, seed pearls, Tahitian & South Sea pearls, flat-shaped Mabe pearls, oddly shaped baroques, fake pearls, and coin pearls.
In addition, we have worked with faceted gemstones and so many different kinds of beads they’re too numerous to list. Our work has included classic simple single strands to very complicated configurations of multiple strands with big diamond clasps.