A photo would be a big help. From your description (“it falls
forward”), it sounds like the pendant’s bail is too near, and
behind, the center of gravity (CG) of the pendant. Probably the CG
extends further away from the wearer’s flesh than the bail-to-chain
contact point. Depending on the way it’s made, you might be able to
bend an extended bail a little forward to bring the CG in line with
the hang line. (A much easier concept to draw than to describe with
Try this - take the pendant off the chain. Insert a thin rod (maybe
a pick or skinny mandrel) into the bail, and see how the pendant
tilts on that one contact point. This will give you an idea about the
distribution of mass in relation to the contact point. The design of
the bail is going to drive the repair, I think.
When I was doing a lot of jewelry repairs, there were times I had to
just cut off a fixed bail and reconstruct it. With that experience,
I test every piece that’s going to hang, and evaluate this carefully.
I don’t care how lovely the design is, if the piece doesn’t hang
right, it means I still have a lot more work to do, and a re-design
is in order.
Send me a photo and I can give a better suggestion.