How To Fix A Broken Necklace

It can happen so fast: You just casually wore your beautiful necklace and in the next second you have it in your hands because something broke off. Or, you’re wondering why you haven’t worn your favorite necklace for a while. Oh right, it broke. The easiest and least stressful solution is to buy a new one. But is it the best?

I have 4 methods for you on how to fix a broken necklace at home without any technical or handy skills. 

Why Fix A, Maybe Cheap, Necklace In The First Place?

Fixing something broken is hard. The energy that you must bring, motivation, and maybe skill and patience. Why is it still worth it? We all know that jewelry is more than just an accessory, it connects memories and feelings that we share with it.

That’s why it’s especially difficult for us to let go of it when it’s broken, we may be sadder when our favorite necklace breaks than our favorite shirt. With a self-repair, we can reconnect those feelings and care them around again if the repair works of course.

But let’s look at the money side. Repairing your jewelry with these methods is, in the very most cases, way cheaper than buying new pieces. When you bought cheaper necklaces in the first place, they’re most likely to break faster.

The thought of buying a new cheap necklace can turn into a vicious circle: buy a cheap necklace, it breaks, buy a cheap necklace, it breaks, buy a cheap necklace,… You can break this cycle by buying more expensive jewelry, which not everyone can afford, or by repairing your necklace: buy a cheap necklace, it breaks, repair at home, it breaks, repair at home, …

By the way, it even is way better for the environment than throwing your jewelry away every time.

How To Fix A Broken Clasp On A Necklace

In many cases, the chain or clasp breaks but the pendant is still good-looking. It’s sad to throw the whole necklace away because of little damage. You don’t have to do that.

There is an easy method, that I show you now, how you can reuse your pendant or your chain. You don’t need technical skills for that. But you do need a small iron pincer.

This gold necklace worked well until the clasp stopped doing its job. As you can see here, the clasp won’t close the chain properly anymore.

To remove the broken clasp, you need a simple and small iron pincer. Look for a little gap in the ring that follows right the clasp.

You then grab the ring on the clasp, as seen here, with the pincer and bend the ring with your fingers. You can also use two pincers and bend the ring in two different directions. The gap in the ring should get bigger.

You can now remove the broken clasp or remove both the clasp and the ring. If you have another working clasp, you can now change it here and thread it in the ring. You can get a new clasp in many stores.

You can also use a working clasp from an old necklace that you don’t wear. This is just a short-term solution but works well in case of an emergency.

To close the ring again, you simply do the same hack. Whether with two iron pincers or with one and your hand, close the ring by pulling the ring together and making the hole smaller. The chain shouldn’t fall through the hole in the ring anymore.

Don’t have or don’t want to use another clasp? You can also use a ribbon as part of a chain. If you want to know more about how to replace a necklace chain, click here

How To Fix A Broken Necklace Chain

Just as often cheap clasps break, necklace chains break too. But, by using the same techniques as in the method before, we can repair our necklaces and wear them out again.

#1 Broken Chain With Metal Rings – Closing It Again

A silver necklace that is broken because of a missing connecting ring.

In this necklace, there are stainless steel plates that are connected with rings. Here, one ring fell off.

An iron pincer can be stuck at an end ring and can form the ring to make the gap in it bigger.
The ring’s gap was made so big that a necklace plate was fallen off and is now loose.

We know the first step from earlier. Hold the ring with a small iron pincer and bend the ring with your finger or another pincer so the ring’s hole gets bigger. You have now one open ring, a loose plate, and your necklace.

The plates on the necklace sides are connected through the formed ring.

You now just have to remove the loose plate and connect the ring with both plates from each side, as seen in the picture. After that, you can close the ring again with the iron pincer with the same methods. Unfortunately, your necklace is a bit smaller when you use this method.

#2 Broken Chain With Metal Rings – Connecting Two Necklaces

If you think you’re necklace will be too short if you leave some parts out, after doing the first method, try this hack. Instead of connecting one part of your broken necklace with the other part, connect it with a completely different necklace. Merge two necklaces into one. 

After opening the ring that is on the end of your necklace, connect it with your other necklace’s part, see in the middle picture. Repeat this on the other side as well. Close the open rings both with your iron pincer. 

#3 Broken Chain – Thin Chain Reconnected With A Thread

This thin necklace chain is broken in the middle of the chain. To repair it, you simply need a thread. If you got the choice, pick a color that matches your necklaces, white always works too by the way. Look for a thin thread that still has some thickness in it and has good quality. You don’t want your necklace chain to break already 10 minutes later.

Thread the thread through the ring of the ends of your chain. This can take some time. Be patient.

After the thread is connected to both ends, knot the thread together, as seen in the upper picture. The knot should be very tight. Cut the rest of the thread and your necklace looks as good as new.

It’s The Little Things

Although some steps might seem overwhelming to you, repairing your broken necklaces isn’t as difficult as it seems. Since the fast fashion industry uses very often cheap made materials for our necklaces. Because of this, it’s great to use our necklaces more sustainably. And, let’s not forget, you have your favorite necklaces back!

These tricks help you with that. All you need is a small iron pincer, a flat underground, maybe some thread or a new clasp, and most importantly: necklaces. And patience.