You’re lucky if you’ve never had to struggle to detangle your necklaces, but if you are like the rest of us and you just need that one long-lasting solution to never have to deal with tangling of all your necklaces when you just need them to look trendy with the layering style, then this article is just for you. So, let’s jump right in and explore some of the most effective ways of detangling your necklaces.
How to stop necklaces from tangling when wearing
- Get the right necklace length
If you’ve chosen to layer your necklaces, getting the length of the necklaces right is the most important thing to do. To avoid tangling at all costs, get one long necklace to compliment the shorter necklaces. Getting necklaces in different lengths prevents tangling.
Unsure about the right length of your necklaces? Well, in the ideal cases, your necklaces should be about 1 or 2 fingers apart when you wear them, with the longer necklace there specifically to keep the peace. Mix a long necklace with a shorter one because the two pieces will not intertwine then.
- Consider the weight of your necklaces.
First, aim at creating some form of balance with your necklaces by adding one weighty piece. This helps prevent the rest of the pieces from tangling because the heavier piece or the one with stones will weigh down the necklace, keeping the pieces apart effortlessly. If the necklaces all have the same weight, it will be very hard to keep the individual pieces apart, and the risk of tangling will be very high.
- Necklace thickness
Thinner necklaces get tangled all the time, but with the thicker necklaces, then the risk of detangling is reduced.
So, if you are layering necklaces that are at almost the same length and without pendants, you might want to get necklaces of different thicknesses.
Since thick necklaces hardly ever get tangled, mixing thick and thin necklaces prevents them from tangling. If you have a heavy pendant, you should attach it to the longest necklace you are wearing.
Mixing dainty and chunky necklaces prevents tangling, especially if you wear the daintier necklace piece first. The chunky one should always come last.
- What are the necklaces made of?
To prevent tangling, mix necklaces made of different materials like leather, pearls, and metal stainless steel, sterling silver, or gold chains. The beauty of the mixed materials lies in the fact that the different elements not only add to the visual effects of the necklaces, but the different materials also ensure that the necklaces stay away from each other always.
- Order the necklaces appropriately.
If you are going to stop the necklaces from getting tangled, we recommend sticking to an ordering system that automatically prevents the necklaces from tangling. What does this mean? Well, you should always start with the thinnest chains rather than the shortest, as you have always done. With the thinner necklaces going in first, it means that they will not be stuck with the thicker necklaces, which means no tangling.
- How tight should you wear your necklaces?
Well, by now, you know that wearing your necklaces loosely doesn’t do anyone any good. And if you are sick of the endless tangles that make you look like you woke up and teleported to that meeting, you should think of getting more of the tighter necklaces. Chokers first the longer and thicker/ heavier necklaces. You don’t have to worry about tangling with chokers.
- Have you thought of linking your necklaces?
A simpler solution to tangling necklaces would be linking the pieces of jewelry together. You can link two necklaces by placing the clasp of your first necklace through the second necklace’s links. Doing this should keep the necklaces linked, and it will also stop them from moving all over each other or tangling.
- Think of necklace extenders
This might not seem like the most obvious solution for you, but when it comes to balancing the weights and lengths of the necklaces, you should make the extenders your best friend. An extender adds length, and that means instant control over tangling. You could also link the extender through all the clasps of the necklaces you wish to have on.
- Invest in a layered necklace detangler
Unfortunately, following all the recommendations above might not be enough to stop the necklaces from detangling, hence the need for a more effective solution – the necklace detangler. As the name suggests, the necklace detangler keeps the individual necklaces apart, meaning that they will not get tangled while you have them on, especially because you won’t have to bring the individual necklace clasps to the back all the time.
What is it?
Well, the necklace detangler is the necklace clasp that’s designed to hold between 2 and 4 necklaces. This feature keeps the necklaces apart at all times, meaning you won’t have to worry about the necklaces tangling as you go about your day. It keeps all the necklace clasps together, and you no longer have to adjust the single necklace clasps whenever needed; you get to adjust 2-4 necklaces once, and the best part is that you also get to unclasp them all at once and not individually.
How does a necklace detangler work?
Essentially, the detangler features two components that are made to slide into each other effortlessly.
On one side of this necklace detangler, you have the rings that the necklaces are attached to, and on the other side are spring clasps that clasp the other ends of the necklaces.
Once you have the necklaces connected/ clasped to the detangler, just slide open the detangler, then put it on, and slide it closed. Just as it sounds, the detangler is very easy to use, and it always works great.
When to use the detangler
Though effective, it’s important to note that the detangler doesn’t always work, at least not for everyone. There are specific conditions that you need to meet to use the detangler, and they are as follows:
First, the necklaces clasped to the detangler should allow for layering, which means that they should rest 2 -3 inches apart. In other words, if your necklaces cannot be layered on their own, the detangler won’t help out.
For necklaces with charms that are fixed, you need to them layered alongside the necklaces with the shortest clasp, and if you cannot fit it in the short clasp, this necklace will end up sitting off-center in comparison to the rest of your necklaces, increasing the risk of tangling, with the detangler falling off to the front of your neck; something you don’t want to happen as it beats the purpose of the detangler.
Though effective, the detangler isn’t one of those fix-all solutions you were looking for, and the necklaces might still get tangled, especially if the thickness, weight, and length factors are not addressed. Like the individual necklaces, know that the clasp for the detangler might also fall to the front in the course of the day – just that it’s easier to navigate because of the single clasp.
That said, the best necklace detanglers feature 2-4 clasps, and they come in silver and gold.
Tangled-up necklaces are annoying and embarrassing. But the solutions offered above will ensure that you enjoy more comfort and balance with your layered necklaces. Read more useful tips here or here!
Stephanie is a jewelry lover when she was a teenager. Her major was fashion design when she was in college. She is a jewelry designer at SOQ Jewelry and other design companies. Now she is also a writer for our website. She writes a lot of designs&brands posts with very actionable tips.