The dreaded necklace knot. Everyone gets them. Everyone hates them.

I don't need to tell you how important it is to store your delicate necklaces and bracelets in a way that prevents tangling. The best way is to hang individually. You already know you should, but do you? All the time? I didn't think so.

When you're in a hurry, it is easy to just lay your jewelry down where you are: rings and bracelets off in the kitchen before you cook or clean, earrings and necklaces off in your bedroom before you go to bed, and everything off before you shower in the bathroom. 

jewelry display

One of the cutest ways we've found to make your own jewelry display is to get a collage picture frame, remove the glass, and insert screw-in hooks.

Since tangles inevitably happen - even to the most careful jewelry owners - we've created a short video that demonstrates the best way to untangle your delicate chains using tools you already have at home. Our tool of choice is a pencil. We have found that pencil lead seems to separate the metals the easiest.

In this video:

You'll see here that we use two pencils to work at gently pulling apart the knot. The first step is to undo the clasp. Then, insert the pencil lead into the middle of the knot and work through the chain. With a simple pull, the chain will usually come apart. If the knot is very tight, lightly tap the lead into the middle of the knot to gently loosen it. Continue to pull the chain apart until the knot is completely gone.



Tools to untangle a delicate chain: 

  • Pencil
  • Pen
  • Sewing Needle
  • Toothpick
  • Straightened Paperclip 


On a side note, did you know the bathroom and kitchen are terrible places to keep your jewelry? The cleaning chemicals and moisture are major culprits that contribute to tarnishing, so don't do it! Check out our previous blog for jewelry cleaning and care tips to prevent tarnishing.

To see more of Olive Yew's handmade necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings, visit Etsy.