How to Untangle a Necklace

How to Untangle a Necklace


Opening your jewellery box to see your favourite necklace in knots is up there with stepping on LEGO, dropping a book in the bath, and forgetting your earphones on a long commute.

If you like to wear necklaces, you'll know chains have a way of getting themselves into a tangled mess. It's almost inevitable you'll end up with knotted necklaces that are frustratingly difficult to deal with—unless you know our tips and tricks for preventing tangled chains!

Below we've explained why necklaces tangle so easily and what you can do to stop it happening. We've also shared our top tricks for preventing tangled chains as well as how to untangle a necklace, so those pesky knots never stop you from enjoying your favourite jewellery ever again.



How to Untangle a Necklace

Why do necklaces tangle so easily?

The most common cause of tangled chains and the reason necklaces tangle so easily is because they rub against clothing or other jewellery. Wearing a necklace while doing activities that involve a lot of movement, like exercising, will make it more likely the necklace will become tangled. Prevent tangles when wearing necklaces by using a multi-clasp necklace detangler.

Correct storage is really important in avoiding tangled chains. If a necklace is thrown in a drawer or trinket dish, it's more likely to become knotted or tangled with other necklaces. It's best to always store unworn accessories in a proper jewellery storage box.


Why do my layered necklaces get tangled?

Layered necklace are even more prone to tangling than single necklaces. Multiple chains can easily rub against each other as you move about, and this issue is made worse when the necklaces are the same length. So how do you wear two necklaces at once without them getting tangled?

The easiest way to prevent layered necklaces from tangling is to choose different length chains and to use a necklace separator. This clip-on tool keeps each necklace in place, preventing them from being able to twist and tangle together.



How to Untangle a Necklace

How to Untangle Necklaces

Dealing with knotted necklaces and tangled chains can be a frustrating waste of time. With a little patience and the right techniques, untangling necklaces is quick and easy. Follow our best tips for the easiest way to untangle necklaces.


Use a sewing needle

Insert a sewing needle into the centre of the knot, then wiggle the chain back and forth to try to loosen it. Continue doing this until the knot becomes loose enough to undo. You can use your fingers or a pair of tweezers to gently separate the chains. Be careful, if you pull too hard the knot will tighten and you risk breaking the chain. If you don't have a sewing needle, a straight pin or toothpick will work just as well.


Use olive oil

This method is especially useful for tight knots that are difficult to untangle. Using a cotton swab, apply a small amount of olive oil to make the chains slippery. Gently massage the knot until you begin to feel it loosen. Once the knot is untangled, rinse off the baby oil using a mild soap. Any type of


Use talcum powder

Generously sprinkle talcum powder or baby powder all over the necklace. The powder will act as a lubricant, helping to loosen up any knots. Gently massage the knot and wiggle the chain to make pulling it apart easier. If the knot is stubborn, add more powder or use a pin. Once untied, rinse off the powder and wash with a mild soap.


Use baking soda and water

Mix together a small amount of baking soda and water together to create a paste. Apply this paste onto the knot and let it sit for a few minutes. Using a small soft brush or toothbrush, work the knot apart by gently brushing the chain. This method will also clean your jewellery too! Apply all over and rinse with a mild soap.



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Written by Sophie Davies

Sophie is a freelance writer and full-time jeweller. She has been writing about simple living and sustainability for over ten years; exploring simple living, sustainable style, and slow travel. She writes for a variety of brands and publications as well as her personal blog, A Considered Life.

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