How to Untangle Jewelry Chains

By Christina Schnell

When you have a lot of chains in your jewelry box, they can become tangled if you don't store them properly. This can damage your jewelry, especially if a delicate chain gets snarled into a tangled knot. It's not difficult to carefully untangle the thin gold chains of your necklaces and bracelets if you do it the right way. And you can keep jewelry from tangling in the first place by storing it the right way.

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Step 1

Spread your tangled chain on a flat surface. Untangling a metal chain is much easier when the ends are on a level surface rather than slipping through your fingers.

Step 2

Undo the clasp. Having both ends free makes untangling the individual parts of the chain easier. If possible, set the unclasped ends on opposite sides as a starting point.

Step 3

Massage a pea-sized amount of baby oil into the tangled sections of the jewelry piece. The oil acts as a lubricant, making untangling the chain easier.

Step 4

Stick the safety pin into the loosest part of the tangle and gently pull outward. Work the knot by separating each of the individual tangles with the safety pin. Always begin with the easiest part before moving on to the more knotted sections.

Step 5

Stop and massage the chain with more baby oil if the tangle becomes too difficult to separate. Rubbing the knotted areas of the chain with oil will move the links against each other and loosen the tangle. Slowly but surely, the chain will become untangled.