How to String Pearls

There are numerous  ways to string pearls. Stringing pearls is a necessity for anyone involved in the making of jewellery or for yourself as a hobbyist! Before starting to have a go, we recommend that you attend our pearl stringing workshop. Remember – be patient, it is a skill to learn and takes a while to master. It is very therapeutic and once you learn it provides a great deal of satisfaction.

Buying Tools and Materials for Pearl Stringing

There are some tools and materials  you may wish to buy depending on which method you learn:

Pearl-knotting tool, French wire or gimp, flush cutters, fine shears, scissors, tweezers, carded silk cord with needle, clasp, lighter, clear nail polish or glue, pearls.


  1. Any type of pearl can be used, as long as they are not so small that they might break during the stringing process.
  2. Silks for stringing are available in a wide array of colours. When matching silk diameter to the pearl, a good rule of thumb applies as follows: the thread number should roughly correspond to the pearl diameter. For example, No 6 thread can be used with a 6 mm pearl, but also No 5 or 7 thread is also a good size. Check by sliding the pearl on to the thread- there should be a slight resistance without too much force needed to pass it along the silk.
  3. Pearl-knotting tools are easy to use and can do the work of the traditional awl & tweezers method, giving you consistent, tight knots in a fraction of the time. With some practice, you’ll find your own speed, rhythm and technique you prefer.


Pearl Stringing Workshop

Our Pearl stringing workshop provides the ideal opportunity to learn a knotting technique

The Course lasts 4 hours and begins with Sharon giving a demonstration of how to string pearls. Classes sizes are very small so Sharon can give you lots of attention and help. All equipment and pearls are provided in the cost of the workshop. Afterwards there will be the opportunity to purchase your lovely new pearls.


Pearl Stringing/Knotting Workshop

When : TBC Sundays for the trade and by appointment/Thursdays for beginners

Where: Stone by Stone 23, Barnes High Street, SW13 9L

Cost: £200 

Course Tutor: Sharon Dale, gem and pearl expert, member of the BPA and President of the GIA Alumni    /pages/Stones-Jewellery/496656870365743

If you are unable to attend one of our pearl stringing/knotting workshops, the next best thing is to watch the video below. It is much easier to learn via watching someone than by explaining in a step by step guide.

Watch the video below and learn from Sharon Dale. She really makes it look easy! Sharon says it really is the easiest method.



Caring for Your Pearls

We recommend to restring your pearls every year as this will prolong their life and  to keep them looking their best.

Three reasons to knot between each pearl:

1. pearls are delicate and knotting prevents the pearls from rubbing together and causing damage to the nacre.

2.if your string of pearls breaks then only one of the pearls will fall.

3. It achieves a lovely flexibility and movement for your pearl string.


Places are limited.  If you wish to enrol on the pearl stringing workshop please get in touch on