I came across this old-world pearl knotting video a few months ago. Knots protect soft beads, such as pearls, from rubbing against each other when worn. Hand knotting can also be used to create a more delicate look, such as these strands of aquamarine beads with pearls. If you already know how to knot pearls, this pearl knotting tip is guaranteed to speed up your technique once you get the hang of it. Jeweler Rafael Delgado has been doing this for decades.
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