Even though I don't do it too often, I love knotting strands of pearls and gemstone beads. There's nothing quite as iconic as a single strand of knotted pearls: I'm thinking of June Cleaver or Jackie O. Pearls add instance elegance and class to any special outfit. With wedding and prom season coming up, it's the perfect time to brush up on your knotting skills with some fine finishing techniques.
Using knotting to string pearls, gemstone beads, crystals, or even vintage glass beads is the perfect way to protect these little treasures. Placing small knots between beads on a strand of silk cord protects the holes of the beads from chips that could eventually damage the beads. There's also a certain graceful flow to a strand of knotted pearls that you wouldn't get if you just strung them on a piece of jewelry wire – each pearl is sort of free to move around on its own.
You don't need a fancy pearl knotting tool to make your own knotted pearl or bead necklaces, either. A simple awl or a pair of fine-pointed tweezers will work perfectly to get you started.
Giving your knotted pearl strands a professional finish requires a little thought before you sit down to start knotting, so take a look at my two favorite ways to finish a knotted pearl necklace and see which one you prefer:
You can trim the knot you originally tied to keep the pearls on the silk cord and add some glue to your knots between the first two pearls. When you get down to the last two pearls, string them on together, leaving a little space between each one. Add another ¼ inch piece of french wire and your clasp and pass back through the last pearl you strung. Tie your knots as you did at the beginning of the strand and then trim your silk thread close to the knots.
There you have it! If you need some more ideas for beautiful wedding jewelry using pearls, crystals, and chain, you'll definitely want to take a look at the Best of Stringing: Weddings for twelve beautiful wedding jewelry projects and more helpful advice on how to design the perfect wedding jewelry for a bride, a bridesmaid, or a special family member.