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Untangling a Necklace

"The first step is understanding how the knot formed, so reach for your reading glasses or a magnifying glass. You want to unknot from the most recent tangle, working backward. Insert a pin into the center of the knot and use a second pin to prize out the loop. If your necklace doesn’t have any porous material (a pearl, turquoise), you can even use a light lubricant like WD-40. Just don’t pull. If you’re pulling, you’re tightening the knots. If the chain is moving, you’re getting there. The best way to avoid knots altogether? Store your necklaces on hooks."

—Sarah Churgin, jewelry appraiser for Antiques Roadshow