Amethyst necklace and earrings

Nestle amethyst gemstones and crystals in a base of sparkling right-angle weave.
Amethystnecklace

With colors ranging from light to deep purple, amethyst is the most valued member of the quartz family. Its rich hue has been associated with royalty for thousands of years. Amethyst is thought to help in overcoming addiction, but in all my years of designing with this, my favorite gemstone, it has not helped with my addiction to beads!

SUPPLIES

necklace

  • 7 8mm trillion-cut amethyst beads, top drilled
  • 14 5mm round-cut amethyst beads, top drilled
  • 7 4mm round-cut amethyst beads, top drilled
  • 10 4mm round crystals, amethyst
  • 30 4mm bicone crystals, amethyst
  • 133 3mm bicone crystals, Montana
  • 5g 14/0 Charlottes
  • flexible beading wire,.010
  • Fireline 4 lb. test
  • 2 crimp beads
  • toggle clasp
  • chainnose or crimping pliers
  • wire cutters
  • beading needles, #13

earrings

  • 2 8mm trillion-cut amethyst beads, top drilled
  • 2 5mm round-cut amethyst beads, top drilled
  • 4 4mm round-cut amethyst beads, top drilled
  • 6 3mm bicone crystals, Montana
  • 1g 14/0 Charlottes
  • Fireline 4 lb. test
  • 2 3mm soldered jump rings
  • pair of earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • beading needles, #13
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Necklace
1. On 4 yd. (3.7m) of Fireline, pick up a 3mm bicone crystal, a 14/0 Charlotte, a 3mm, a 14/0, a 3mm, a 14/0, a 3mm, and a 14/0. Working in right-angle weave, sew back through the first five beads strung (FIGURE, a–b).

2. Pick up a 14/0, a 4mm round crystal, a 14/0, a 3mm, a 14/0, a 3mm, and a 14/0. Continue in right-angle weave by sewing through the 3mm the thread is exiting and the first four beads strung in this step (b–c).

3. Work the next five right-angle weave stitches, following the pattern as shown (c–d).

4. Work the next stitch by picking up a 14/0, a 4mm bicone crystal, a 14/0, a 3mm, a 14/0, a 4mm bicone, and a 14/0. Sew through the 3mm the thread is exiting and continue through the next two beads (d–e).

5. Pick up 30 14/0s, sew back through the 4mm bicone, and continue through the 14/0 and the 3mm bicone from the previous step (e–f).

6. Work the next stitch as shown (f–g).

7. Work the next stitch as shown, exiting the 4mm round crystal (g–h). Pick up 35 14/0s, sew through the previous loop from back to front, and then sew through the 4mm round. Continue on through the 14/0 and 3mm (h–i).

8. Work the next stitch as shown (i–j).

9. Repeat steps 4 and 5, sewing through the previous loop from front to back (j–k).

10. Work the next stitch as shown (k–l).

11. Work the next stitch as shown, exiting the 8mm trillion-cut amethyst bead (l–m). Pick up 15 14/0s, a 4mm round-cut amethyst bead, three 14/0s, a 5mm round-cut amethyst bead, three 14/0s, a 4mm round-cut amethyst, and 15 14/0s. Sew through the previous loop from back to front. Sew back through the 8mm, and continue through the 14/0 and 3mm (m–n).

12. Work the next stitch as shown (n–o).

13. Repeat steps 4 and 5, sewing through the previous loop from front to back (o–p).

14. Repeat steps 10–13, until you’ve completed four 8mm triangle loops. Then make the second half of the right-angle weave section to mirror the first. End the working thread and tail.

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Step 1
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Step 2
Necklace strap
1. Cut a 6-in. (15cm) piece of beading wire (my necklace is 14 in./36cm), and center it on the last 3mm on one end of the beaded necklace. On each end of the wire, string a 14/0, a 4mm bicone, and a 14/0. Over both ends, string a 3mm.

2. Over both ends, string a 14/0 between each of the following: a 3mm, a 4mm round, two 3mms, a 4mm bicone, two 3mms, a 4mm round, and two 3mms. End with a 14/0. 
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Step 3
3. String a crimp bead and half of a clasp, and go back through the crimp bead. Crimp the crimp bead, and trim the excess wire. Repeat with the other half of the clasp to finish the other end of the beaded necklace.
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Earrings
1. On 1 yd. (.9m) of Fireline, pick up a 14/0 Charlotte, a 3mm bicone crystal, a 14/0, a 3mm, a 14/0, a 3mm, a 14/0, and an 8mm trillion-cut amethyst bead. Sew back through all the beads, exiting the 8mm (FIGURE, a–b).

2. Pick up 15 14/0s, a 4mm round-cut amethyst bead, three 14/0s, a 5mm round-cut amethyst bead, three 14/0s, a 4mm round-cut amethyst, and 15 14/0s. Sew back through the 8mm and the next four beads (b–c).

3. Pick up four 14/0s and a soldered jump ring, and sew back through the fourth 14/0 (c–d). Pick up three 14/0s and sew through the last 3mm (d–e). Reinforce the last 14/0s added, and end the threads.

4. Open the loop of an earring wire and attach the soldered jump ring. Close the loop. Make a second earring to match the first.

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