How to Untangle A Necklace

Many jewelry collectors work hard to keep their necklaces neatly organized and safely stashed away, but the unavoidable always occurs: the delicate nature of most chain necklaces means they will knot at some point. Ugh!

Getting rid of that knot requires patience, which can be hard to come by when you're in a hurry. This is especially true if you're getting ready for work or another important event. If you don't handle thin, delicate chains with extreme caution, they are the most likely to break if you get tangled. Unfortunately thin and delicate necklaces tend to get tangled the most.

When you are faced with a chain that you need to untangle, the first thing you should do is take a deep breath. Untangling a necklace requires excessive perseverance and concentration, as any experienced jeweler will tell you. Try not to let yourself become frustrated.

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Steps to Untangling Your Necklace

So, how can you untangle a necklace? There are various methods. The approach will differ according to how difficult the knot is. Know that there is a solution to untangle a necklace. Avoid going into a panic and start grabbing your scissors. If the knot is extremely complex and tightly linked, you should only try to unravel it once you have plenty of time to give it your full attention. Here are our steps to unraveling a tight necklace knot.

Step 1: Soak Your Necklace

Soak the area of your necklace that is tangled in warm water with a mild soap. If you have difficulty untangling a tangle, try gently rubbing the knotted area between your fingertips. This will help break up the tangle. As an additional safety measure, we recommend removing any pendants from your necklace so that the knot does not prevent you from accessing them before you soak the jewelry in water.

Step 2: Get Ready to Unravel the Necklace.

As soon as the knot in your necklace is no longer tightly secured, it would help if you get ready to carefully unravel the chain. You want to be sure that the process does not result in the formation of another knot. Because of this, it is extremely important to lay your necklace out on a level surface, as this will prevent the part of the necklace that is not tangled from becoming entangled in anything else. This way, you won't have to worry about disturbing the rest of the chain while you work on untangling the knot.

Step 3: Untangle the Necklace

Now that we've finally reached this point, it's time to begin untangling your necklace. If the knot is sufficiently slack, you can untie it with your fingers. If the knot has yet to be loosened, you can use a small, thin instrument such as a sewing needle. If you do not have a needle on hand, an alternative option would be to use a safety pin or a thumbtack. Avoid using thick point metals such as a screwdriver which can cause harm to your necklace.

After you have prepared your tool, insert the pointed end carefully into the knotted area, and then move it in a circular motion to undo the knot. Carry on with this step until you can draw the chain that is now untangled out of the knot.

You now know to detangle a necklace chain like a pro in no time!

If, on the other hand, you are unable to untie a very secure knot or the knot causes harm to the necklace you are wearing, you will need to seek the assistance of a qualified jeweler.

Keeping Necklaces and Chains from Getting Entangled

How exactly does one keep their necklaces from getting tangled in the first place? The storage must be done correctly and with care. The following are some suggestions and tools to help keep your necklaces untangled and organized.

Jewelry often gets tangled from improper storage as well as improper layering. We will go through tips on how to store and pack your jewelry so it does not get tangled.

How to Properly Store Necklaces in Your Own Home

We suggest you get a jewelry hanger or a jewelry box for your house. Try to store one jewerly piece per hanger or per box. If you intend to store more than once per drawer which is quite common, find a way to separate them such as small reselable plastic bags for example. Necklaces should be laid out in a manageable way. It might sound like a fantastic plan, but storage is crucial. Even jewelry boxes with drawers will move as you open them up and access their contents.

Another alternative is to make your necklace board by pinning pieces of fabric to a bulletin board or purchase a jewelry organizer hanging on the back of a door. If you want to add color and sparkle to your closet, you may suspend these from the ceiling above your closet door, mount them on the wall, or slide them in among your other hangers.

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How to Pack Necklaces So That They Don't Get Tangled Up

We recommend getting a jewelry case for traveling or constant moving. A small jewelry case packed properly will fit perfectly in your carry-on luggage, backpack, yoga bag, or handbag. A travelling necklace bag can hold necklaces of any length and features hooks that prevent the strands from becoming tangled. Plus, it contains compartments for all your other jewelry, so you may travel a lot and not worry about sacrificing your sense of style.

Other Tips for Preventing Jewelry from Tangling

Get a Container for Jewelry with Hooks

Hooks prevent chains from tangling and knotting together, and they also make it much simpler to find the necklace you want to wear and select it from the drawer, as opposed to the situation in which the necklaces were lying carelessly or were balled up. Pick from a variety of types that, when opened, exposes hooks either on the sides or concealed within the lid. DIY hack: A key holder affixed to the wall can perform the same function as a necklace holder.

Initial Packaging

After you have purchased the chain, you can remain storing it in the box or initial packaging it came in. Necklaces are protected from damage caused by impact, particularly when the wearer is traveling, thanks to internal loops or slits that hold the chain in place.

Packable Necklace Carrier

You can also purchase necklace pouches that are both compact and lightweight. These pouches feature protective padding and are designed to store necklaces of varying lengths securely and safely. When you put your chains away in a drawer, these organizers can also serve as a permanent home for each one of those chains.

Bags Made of Transparent Plastic

You can do it just like the jewelry industry does when it comes to storing and packaging necklaces: Place each chain inside a miniature plastic bag equipped with a zip-lock closure, then snap the bag shut, allowing some of the chain to hang down the outside of the bag. Even excellent for long-stern storage and travel: Plastic bags have handy hole punches for hanging.

Drinking straws

Try to make a necklace protector out of a drinking straw made of plastic for extra-fine and delicate links. After removing the clasp from your necklace, thread the unclasped end of the chain through the opening in the straw. After the chain has passed through the opposite end, the clasp should be joined to both ends to secure the chain. Reduce the chain length by cutting the straw to the appropriate length. If you want to keep your straw-threaded chains in a drawer, you should lay them flat with approximately an inch of space between each link.


Jewelry is less likely to be lost or broken if stored in a secure location. Your jewelry is meant to be appreciated and worn frequently, but it is nevertheless susceptible to the wear and tear of daily use. Because of this, purchasing a storage case specifically designed for jewelry is always a good option if you want to ensure that your necklaces and other pieces of fine jewelry remain in pristine condition.

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