How to Keep Necklaces from Tangling

Do you have to spend five minutes untangling your necklaces every time you want to wear one? Or do your necklaces just never lay correctly, whether it’s the clasp, flipping over, or tangling different layers?

Figuring out how to keep necklaces from tangling can be tricky if you don’t have the right technique. Luckily, we have a few tips to help prevent your necklaces from turning into a mess!

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If Your Necklaces Get Tangled in Storage

Many people with tangled necklaces have this problem because their jewelry is not stored properly. If you just throw your necklaces in a pile when you are done wearing them, they’re bound to get caught on each other and themselves. By taking the time to store them properly, you can prevent this issue.

There are many different jewelry storage options available. Some require special storage accessories, while others are more basic. 

There are a ton of special accessories out there specifically designed to hold jewelry, with necklaces being a big category. Many choose to use jewelry trees, as they display necklaces nicely while preventing them from tangling. Others hang them on a large bracelet stand or specialized hooks within a jewelry cabinet.

All of these options have the advantage of keeping necklaces separate from each other, which prevents them from turning into a big mess of interlocked necklaces, and the advantage of laying them straight, which prevents them from tangling themselves. 

While there are plenty of special storage options, there are also simpler options. Hanging necklaces on a scarf hook or laying them out in a specialized container presents many of the same advantages in a more accessible way.

In addition, you could store them in individual sections of a jewelry cabinet. This prevents them from tangling together but doesn’t necessarily prevent them from tangling themselves. 

Proper necklace storage prevents necklaces from tangling. This way, when you remove a necklace from storage, you don’t need to spend much time untangling it. In the end, no matter what storage option you go with, this same end goal is shared. You simply need to decide which option works best for you.

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If the Clasp Keeps Moving to the Front

Not all necklaces have problems because of how they are stored. Many have problems that pop up as they are worn daily. 

One common problem with pendant necklaces is that the chain moves and the clasp ends at the front. This tends to happen because the clasp is heavier than the chain, pulling it down to the front.

A counterweight can help prevent this. You can either add one yourself or buy a necklace that already has one attached. Counterweights are attached to the clasp and can be a bead, metal ball, or charm.

You can even buy a charm at the craft store or online and attach it using a pair of tweezers. If going the DIY route, aim for the counterweight to be approximately the same weight as the pendant.

You can also solve this problem by choosing necklaces where the pendant is stationary and attached to both ends of the chain. This stops the pendant from sliding and therefore prevents the chain from moving.

Heavier pendants are also less likely to move and cause the clasp to move. Necklaces like these often stay in place or only move slightly, no matter how much they are jostled. 

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If You Have Tangled Layered Necklaces

Having two necklaces close to each other makes it easier for them to tangle in storage. However, this same principle applies when they are worn together as well. This is why layered necklaces often experience problems. 

Layered delicate chains tend to get tangled and twisted in each other. Luckily, this is quite easy to fix with a simple trick.

If you have two necklaces, unclasp them and lay them out. Then, clasp one to the non-clasp end of the other to create a long chain of both necklaces.

Wrap the chain around your neck, beginning with the one that you want to be the shorter necklace. Clasp the two ends together. Then simply adjust the necklaces, so the longer one sits lower however you want it.

This results in the shorter necklace staying closer to your neck and the longer one dangling a bit. They won’t tangle and will stay in place and in the order you want.

If Your Tennis Necklace Flips

A common problem with tennis bracelets and necklaces is when they flip to the wrong side. This is because of their light weight and lack of a pendant or other heavy piece to serve as an anchor. Unfortunately, this hides the jewels, whether they are real or artificial, from display.

If you already have a necklace, you have a few options to fix this problem. Make sure there aren’t any curves or bends in the necklace when putting it on and clasping it. You want it to be perfectly straight.

You should also avoid playing or fidgeting with it. This can make the problem worse and may be what is causing the problem in the first place. 

When wearing a tennis necklace, make sure it hits either above or below the neckline of your top or dress. Hitting at the neckline won’t allow it to sit correctly.

You can also ask your jeweler to solder an extra piece of metal to the underside of the necklace to weigh it down.

Shorter necklaces are less likely to flip due to the additional tension on the chain. Your jeweler can shorten your necklace, or you can choose a shorter one when shopping.

If you haven’t bought a necklace yet, a few options exist to avoid the problem. You can choose a style where the gems are graduated to become larger as you move towards the center. You can also go up in carat size to make the necklace a little heavier and prevent flipping.

When purchasing a necklace, test it out and make sure it’s a high-quality piece if possible. Tennis necklaces are investments, after all. Move around a bit and make sure it lays how it should.

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Keep Your Necklaces Tangle-Free

Necklaces tend to have a pesky habit of getting tangled. Whether it’s when you store them or wear them, it can be an annoying problem. Luckily, by following these tips on how to keep necklaces from tangling, you’ll be better equipped to prevent a tangled mess.

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