The technique for knotting pearls can also be used for creating knotted gemstone jewellery. It is a traditional form of jewellery making.
You will need special thread, but the idea is that the knots serve a two-fold purpose. Real pearls are very expensive. So the last thing you want is for your jewellery to break as you are wearing it (it can happen!) and to then watch as your entire strand of pearls cascades to the floor and rolls to who knows where.
If you are wearing a knotted pearl or gemstone necklace or bracelet, then it is still possible that the jewellery may break. But hopefully the knots will prevent the pearls from scattering and getting lost. Secondly, the knots protect the pearls from rubbing against one another as the jewellery is being worn.
This free pattern shows you the trick to making those knots professionally. So whether you are hoping to start making your own jewellery. Or perhaps you have inherited a broken pearl necklace. This will give you the skills to make professional knotted pearl necklaces and bracelets. If you want to know how to add an equally professional clasp, then this blog post might be helpful.
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