No matter how hard you try, it is easy to get a kink in a delicate gold chain but getting it out is a possibility. When unwanted kinks appear, you’ll probably notice that the necklace won’t lay flat and it can snag your clothing. For a small bend or twist, you could attempt to correct the problem and ease your necklace back into to its original, flattering shape. However, if a kink keeps returning, this could be an indication that it needs professional help. Take your time and use the right tools when attempting to repair this problem as gold is soft and easily broken.
Fixing Gold Kinks
Cover your work area with a soft cloth. You should be able see the gold well and the material should not snag on the necklace. Microfiber material is perfect as a workspace cover.
Unclasp the necklace and lay it on the cloth. Take a look at the kinked areas using a magnifying glass. Go ahead and examine the necklace, looking for potential problem spots. Now dip your pointer and middle finger in soothing oil, like baby oil. Use your oiled fingers to lubricate the chain. This should make the necklace easier to maneuver and straighten out.
Rub out the kink using your oiled fingers. If this doesn’t work, lay the necklace on the cloth. Cover the necklace with the edge of the cloth. This will protect the gold as you work out the kink tapping it with a jeweler’s hammer.
Once you’re satisfied, take necklace out of the cloth and lay in on the bare table. Pretend you are rolling out pizza dough and roll the necklace with both hands. This should even out the kinks.
Wipe off the excess oil and hang the necklace on a jewelry tree. Don’t sleep in your gold and don’t just toss it in a box. The kink could reappear!
The Jewelers of America suggest that gold buyers select sturdy necklace styles like the cobra or herringbone for better durability. Good storage practices will probably stop future kinking.