|How to Choose a Bead Necklace
A Practical Guide
The Broken Bead Necklace
If a bead necklace falls apart, - it does happen and always unexpected - , try to gather as much of the beads as possible, the Tiny Little Beads too! And take your time. If you want the necklace to be restrung you will need them. A necklace which will be shorter than before due to lack of material can become a problem necklace because of failing design or just being too short. Than there has to be improvised, which is often not beautiful, sometimes even impossible.
Notorious are the necklaces strung on plastic fishing line, clear nylon filament, which is most often used nowadays. It ages and cracks over time and will have a "life of its own" especially when light weighted beads are used. Breaks the line than it will open widely and will disperse the beads all around.
Do not wear a necklace when you want to cuddle a baby, because little lovely baby hands are stronger than your necklace, irrespective of the materials used. Those beautiful colorful gleaming little balls around your neck are most attractive!
There always has been a tendency to take apart outdated necklaces and other jewelry and re-use their materials in a more modern form. Recycling we call it today. This is especially true for the more valuable jewelry. As more valuable the materials, like gold and precious stones, as less the chance the jewelry will survive. Jewelry and beads of gold have only survived when safely buried because the metal lends itself to melting down and so the craftsman's work is sacrificed to immediate urgencies, like making coins of it. Buried in graves long before the arrival of the Conquistadors, some gold jewelry escaped destruction when the Spanish appropriated, exported, and melted down vast quantities of the gold work of Pre-Columbian civilizations.
Another idea to cope with a sudden broken necklace: