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Stringing pearls on gold chain?


#1

I just saw a necklace that’s made up of pearls strung on very fine
gold chain. There is a space of about 3/4" between each pearl which
allows the chain to be seen. No crimps are seen. Do you have any
ideas on how the pearls are kept in place?


#2

Pearls might be held in place by a tacky glue like Hypo Crystal
cement inside the drill hole. Problem is even though the chain is
very fine (for a chain), the drill hile is probably much larger than
most pearls are drilled so it is very difficult to use these pearls
with other pearls at some latertime - knots that are appropriate for
regular size drill holes, will slide into or through these pearls.
The same idea can be made using a wire small enough to fit through
the drill hole of the pearl with a wrapped loop on each end to
connect the sections of chain (commonly called a ‘Tin Cup’ necklace
after the one Rene Rousso wore in the movie ‘Tin Cup’).

jeanette


#3
I just saw a necklace that's made up of pearls strung on very fine
gold chain. There is a space of about 3/4" between each pearl
which allows the chain to be seen. No crimps are seen. Do you have
any ideas on how the pearls are kept in place?

These are known as tin cup neckalces. The bulk of them that come
through my repair shop (I work for one of the big chains) have
pearls epoxied onto box chain. When I am asked to make one from
scratch I individually wire wrap the pearls into an open link chain
like a fine curb or figaro.

Heather Moats