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    First-graft Pearl Senior Guide Member
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    My company was started in 1939 by my mother who had to string because she had congenital heart problems. (eventually fixed in 1957
    died in 02) I have strung and managed this pearl company since 1965 and I COMPLIMENT YOU ON YOUR CLEANING ARTICLE. !!!!!!
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    Hello, I hope this question is OK here (I am new to the forum). A favorite bracelet of mine had a string break on 1 strand. Is there anyone here or recommended by members, that can restring it? It's an older piece so probably needs all 3 strands restrung. The pearls are very tiny so there are no knots in between them. Here are two pictures. I am hoping someone on this forum can advise, thank you!
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    Pearl Enthusiast Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert Pearl Dreams's Avatar
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    Linda,

    You could take it to a local jeweler, who would probably send it to whomever they use to restring pearls, but the good news is that it would not be hard to restring it yourself! We have instructions stickied on restringing in the Lowly Beader's Forum here.

    It doesn't look like there is any gimp being used (finely coiled wire that protects the thread at the point where the pearls connect with the hardware). So the thread could loop directly around the metal ring before back-knotting.
    You would need:
    strong fine thread (I recommend synthetic Beader's Secret, sold by Pattye in her Etsy shop)-- https://www.etsy.com/shop/PatriciaSaabDesigns
    a fine flexible wire needle (Pattye carries these too, but I buy mine at Michael's)
    something to cut the thread with (e.g. a craft/razor knife or box cutter)

    Alternatively you could use fine beading wire (like Soft Touch by Softflex) which is thin enough to pass through small pearl drill holes, and use crimp beads to secure it at the ring ends. This is easy! In fact, stringing a 3-strand bracelet on beading wire was my very first beading project, way back when.

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    Thank you Pearl Dreams, if you think it is pretty easy then I will give this a try! I was a bit nervous about trying myself. Thanks for all the information!
    Linda

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    Definitely agree with PD's recommendation...give it a try yourself! You certainly cannot harm the pearls. I suggest getting some wire to use as a temporary string to keep the pearls in their exact order. Of course you can also use a bead board and wire to rearrange the pearls.
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    Hello all, a pearl newbie here. I noticed, earlier on this thread, Jeremy recommending professional restringing/knotting. In making this recommendation in 2006, he said it should cost about $10 - $30 dollars. Now, 11 years later, I needed to have an 18" strand restrung, and it's costing me over $60. Does that represent normal inflation over 11 years? Or is that high? It's with a jeweler I trust, so I didn't think twice about it until I read Jeremy's recommendation. Thanks!

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    That price sound reasonable. If you were near a jewelry district you might be able to get a wholesale price.
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    Thanks GemGeek.