Pearl Stringing Information
Lisa Sirlin-Hall is claimed by many Los Angeles locals as the Valley's specialist in pearl stringing, pearl re-stringing, pearl knotting, bead-stringing, fixing broken pearl strands, bead stringing, and pearl jewelry design (both traditional and modern/alternative.)
All pearl stringing is personally done by Lisa's hands with a pair of tweezers and a HUGE magnifying glass. The process is not rushed... each pearl or bead gets individual attention. 😍 It's an old-school method that ensures a luxurious and long-lasting result.
Lisa's pearl expertise is a "secret find" among L.A. stylists, top brand jewelry designers, pearl lovers, and celebrities - even top-tier jewelry design brand houses! Check out how happy Marion Ross (aka "Mrs. C" on Happy Days) is with her re-strung ninety-inch pearls necklace Lisa did just in time for a book signing tour.
No Roses' pearl stringing expertise includes:
- Pearl Stringing / Bead Stringing
- Pearl Knotting / Gemstone and Diamond Bead Knotting
- Traditional and Alternative Pearl Jewelry Designs
- Clasp Attachment
- Bridal Pearl and Gem Necklaces
- Necklace Resizing
- Bracelet Resizing
- Lengthening and Shortening
- Complimentary Evaluation and Consultation
- Re-stringing, Lengthening, and Shortening
- Fixed Price Quotes
- Rush Pearl and Gemstone Stringing for Weddings
- Gemstone Necklace and Bracelet Design
Basic Bead / Pearl Stringing Prices
Lisa's professional by-hand re-stringing service prices vary depending on the length of the strand(s), size of pearls, number of pearls, price of the clasp used, and whether other types of beads will be added.
The most common are single strands, knots in between each pearl or bead that measures between 4mm and 10mm in diameter. Lisa can easily quote a price once she examines the existing strand(s), pearls, or beads through photo or video consultation.
7-12mm diameter pearls or beads: $6/inch*
3-6mm diameter pearls or beads: $10/inch*
Graduated strands (any size): $12/inch*
Complex designs, or bead weaving: $20/inch**
*Price assumes knotting between each pearl or bead and using your existing clasp. All other designs or adding a new clasp will require a custom quote.
Pearl/Bead Stringing Q&A with Lisa Sirlin-Hall of No Roses Jewelry Studio Los Angeles
Can you work with faux pearls?
Absolutely. I can do wonders with Swarovski and glass “pearls” and even sentimental plastic, ceramic, and wood beads. I'm happy to evaluate them at no charge via video or photos. The price is the same for all beads regardless of the materials.
Do you use one of those knotting machines/tools?
I knot and string every single strand by hand (NO KNOTTING MACHINES!) The old-fashioned method takes time but ensures total control over the knots, the luxurious-looking result, and the long-lasting structure of your pearl strands.
My necklace always seems to break at the clasp - Is that a “weak spot”?
It’s true, the weakest point of any bracelet or necklace is the point where the clasp attaches to the strand. To mitigate breakage, Lisa spends extra time covering the stringing material with the tiniest coiled gold or silver wire. This prevents the metal clasp from rubbing against the stringing material, making your necklace or bracelet MUCH more durable.
I lost the clasp on my pearls! Can you replace it?
Definitely! I have a small selection of clasps in stock in both sterling silver and gold filled. If you prefer 14k or 18k yellow, rose, or white gold, that can be ordered. I also have some very strong magnetic clasps perfect if you or your gift recipient have difficulty opening and closing clasps.
The traditional type of clasp used for pearls is a "fish" shaped safety clasp, because even if it becomes unfastened the hook usually still catches on the clasp for added safety, but many clasp types can be used. I can quickly quote you a price on the clasp of your choice.
How long does a re-stringing take?
My turnaround time is typically about 1-2 weeks and maybe longer during the holiday season and peak wedding season. I *can* accommodate some rush jobs, so definitely let me know right away about your timing needs.
Will knotting my pearls add length?
The short answer is: Yes. On average, for every 15 inches of beads (sizes 6-10mm) knotting will add 1 inch. The smaller the beads, the more knots and the more length the knotting will add. Our advice? Remember to calculate the length of your clasp and add another 3/8” for the addition of the end tips when figuring the final length.
One of my pearls is a bit flawed. Can my strand be shortened?
Shortening offers the opportunity to either get rid of a few flawed pearls or to remove some to use to make drop earrings or a pendant. Most of my clients hope I can simply remove a few pearls, rather than a full-restringing. This is not possible IF you want to ensure the integrity of the strand. In 95% of cases, the entire piece must be re-strung because the ends must be woven back through the 5-7 pearls or beads.
My grandmother’s pearls are too short. Can you make them longer?
Lengthening with just the existing pearls can sometimes be done if pearls were never knotted - adding knots will increase the length by about an inch or slightly more. One quick alternative is to lengthen the strand with an extender chain. I can also increase the length of your pearl strand by adding some smaller pearls or gemstones near the clasp. Talk to me about your options and preferences.
Can Lisa create custom jewelry that doesn't include Pearls?
Yes! Lisa is a goldsmith and modern jewelry designer. She can work with you on engagement rings, wedding bands, special gifts, or even something unusual - whatever your options and preferences.