What a Tangled Web We Weave


OK, there. I said it. But I will bet you hate tangled chains too. Admit it! There is no shame.

Today I want to address the dreaded tangled chain. The worst-case scenario is you’re late for a meeting or a date and the chain(s) are all tangled!!

Ok Time for a chat. I know that your sterling silver chains are NOT at the top of your daily priority list BUT maybe they should be.

I will tackle this in two parts.

First, how to store chains properly so that not only do they not tangle, they also do not tarnish. The major hack or trick here is the little plastic bag. As a jewelry person, I get LOTS of really small plastic bags, but Ziploc sandwich bags work just fine as well.

Be sure to insert only one chain per bag AND also make sure you add a bit of aluminum foil in the bag as well. Aluminum is a great add-on as silver won't tarnish in the presence of the foil. What I do or rather what I used to do is just pace a dinky 1” square of foil in the bag. But I realized that foil is cheap, so now I actually make a larger crumpled piece and I can wrap the chain around it and it helps keep it from tangling too!

You can go on-link and find some velvet chain racks. (see pic) I saw this one on Amazon. The only downside to this method is that the chain(s) are still exposed to the air so I recommend getting one that has a flap of velvet that covers the chains as well.

OK now onto part two…

You discover that several chains you own are tangled together. Here is what you do.

1st unhook any of the clasps if they are hooked. Then place the ball of chains on a tabletop preferably a glass one. Next, take two pens and start separating the chains. If you are patient and gentle, in about 5 minutes you will have separated out the chains and untangled them.



I found this article on the web as well. She has it going on when it comes to tangled chains...

Jewelry is an important part of your outfit, and when you’re traveling, you want to look your best. If you’ve ever opened your suitcase to find your necklaces knotted and mixed up, you’ll appreciate these tips on how to keep necklaces from getting tangled.

How to Prevent Necklaces From Tangling When Traveling

To keep all your accessories organized and tidy, be sure to:

Keep Things Compartmentalized

Pill dividers, available in any pharmacy, are a great way to keep stud earrings, rings and other small items from getting caught in your necklaces and other accessories. They also ensure you don’t lose a piece or have an earring back snag a piece of delicate fabric in your luggage.

Try a Straw

The secret to how to keep a chain from tangling is a simple drinking straw. Just open the necklace and thread the chain through the straw. Close the clasp at the top, and put the straw in a toiletry kit. The straw will keep the chain from moving too much and creating knots.

Bag It

Are you wondering how to keep larger statement necklaces from getting tangled when traveling? If they don’t fit in a straw, keep them separated. Most of the time, necklaces get tangled because they move around with other accessories or items of clothing. To keep them tidy, place each necklace in its own individual sealed bag and zip it up with the clasp hanging out. For added protection, wrap your necklace around a jewelry roll or a rolled-up piece of cloth first to keep it from moving around.

Wrap It

Chain necklaces can also be wrapped around a plastic ring. Any large ring or bangle from a craft store will work. Once you’ve wrapped the necklace around the ring, pop it into a sealed bag.

Decorate a Piece of Cardboard

If you’re taking earrings for pierced ears, punch tiny holes in a thin piece of cardboard and place your earrings into the holes, putting the backings on to hold them in place. An index card is ideal if you’re not taking too many earrings. Then store your card in a side pocket or a pouch. This method keeps your earrings organized and can help you prevent lost earrings and earring backs, too.

Put Your Cuffs and Bracelets on a T-Shirt

Wrap a t-shirt into a roll and place the bracelets on it, folding the fabric enough, so the cuffs stay in place.

Correctly Storing Your Jewelry When Traveling

Correctly storing your pieces when you travel helps keep them from getting damaged, broken, lost or tangled. When traveling with your accessories, take only what you need and carry any valuable items in your carry-on. With a little caution, you can arrive at your destination with the right accessories ready for your travels.

Grateful acknowledgment to Morgan Chalfant



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