If the strand breaks, the pearls get scattered everywhere, and since they can be expensive sometimes, you won't lose any more than maybe one if you knot between each pearl.
The reason that people were knotting between pearls was to avoid the wear from rubbing as pearls are soft material, but you would have to wear the necklace quite often to see the wear soon.
In the old days, the pearl necklace were pricey and were past along to the next generations, so they knotted them to avoid deterioration over time.
These days, you could still string pearls without knotting them and they would last a while without seeing the wear.
However knotting as another purpose. When you do a nice knot between pearls or beads, it separate them nicely with that little gap in between and add elegance to the piece.
Also, as an alternative, if you use a complementing color or a contrasting color for the string compared to the pearls color (or colors used), you can create a whole new look than the standard string with same color pearl would give you.
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answered 1 year ago
- Calgary, Canada
Pearls do not have to be knotted. This is done so that if there is a break, you won't lose all the beads. I have used soft-flex and had no problems keeping a necklace in great shape for years. Pearls directly next to metals or other kinds of beads can be scratched, but other pearls should be ok.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
Real pearls are created in layers, called nacre, and they are very prone to scratching, and can be damadged by rubbing against one another. The knotting is dual-fold, to protect the necklace not only for damage, but also to save pearls, if the necklace becomes caught, or breaks. Some folks use two knots, so if it breaks, no pearls are lost, and a knot before attatching the clasp. Also, never use any cleaner on pearls, only a damp cloth, then dry, and air dry over night, before putting away in it's case.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago