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Jade and cloisonne necklace

Modernize the classic pairing of jade and cloisonné with an asymmetrical necklace design.

Jade is a generic term for two similar gems: nephrite and jadeite. The lustrous stone that comes to mind when we think of jade is nephrite. In addition to cool green, nephrite can be white, yellow, or reddish. Jadeite comes in green, white, pink, red, brown, black, and violet. China is a primary mining location; the stone has also been found in New Zealand, Russia, Guatemala, the Swiss Alps, and Canada. Jade is said to promote peace, strength, creativity, and mental agility.


SUPPLIES


necklace

  • 44mm teardrop jade or serpentine pendant (Eclectica, eclecticabeads. com)
  • 12 12mm cloisonné beads (Fire Mountain Gems, firemountaingems.com)
  • 16-in. (41cm) strand 6mm jade beads
  • 16-in. (41cm) strand 5mm jade beads
  • 70–80 4mm round crystals, olivine
  • 90–100 3mm bicone crystals, crystal chili pepper
  • 3g 15/0 gold-plated seed beads
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • S-hook clasp with 2 soldered jump rings
  • beading needles, #12

INSTRUCTIONS

Jade and cloisonne necklace Step 1
1. Decide how long you want your necklace to be. (Mine is 34 in./86cm.) Thread a needle on 2 yd. (1.8m) of Fireline, and pick up ten 15/0 seed beads and half of a clasp. Tie the beads into a ring with a square knot. Sew back through the beads twice.
Jade and cloisonne necklace Step 2
2. String: 3 in. (7.6cm) of 15/0s, 6mm jade bead, 3mm crystal, cloisonné bead, 6mm, 3mm, cloisonné, 6mm, 3mm.

Repeat, stringing 1–23/4 in. (2.5–7cm) of 15/0s and a repeating pattern of 6mm, 3mm, and cloisonné beads as desired, until the strand is within 1 in. (2.5cm) of half the finished length.
Jade and cloisonne necklace Step 3
3. String: 1 in. (2.5cm) of 15/0s, 3mm, pendant, 13 15/0s, 3mm, 15/0. Skip the last 15/0 strung, and go back through the 3mm, the 15/0s, the pendant, and the 3mm above the pendant.
Jade and cloisonne necklace Step 4
4. String: 1 1⁄2–2 in. (3.8–5cm) of 15/0s and a repeating pattern of 3mm, 6mm, and cloisonné beads as desired, until the second side is the same length as the first side.
Jade and cloisonne necklace Step 5
5. String ten 15/0s and the other half of the clasp. Sew back through the ten 15/0s twice, and then sew back through the last several 15/0s strung in step 4.
Jade and cloisonne necklace Step 6
6. Pick up a 3mm crystal and a 15/0. Sew back through the crystal and the next three to five 15/0s on the strand. 
Jade and cloisonne necklace Step 7
7. Repeat step 6 to add two or three more crystals or jade beads. 
Jade and cloisonne necklace Step 8
8.  Make a dense cluster of beads by adding a crystal or jade bead after each 15/0 as in step 6 for the next inch (2.5cm). Use 6mms in the middle of the cluster to make the cluster a bit wider in the center. 

Adding thread as needed, continue adding clusters as desired between the groups of cloisonné beads until you reach the pendant.
Jade and cloisonne necklace Step 9
9. Sew through the 3mm above the pendant and pick up approximately 11 15/0s. Skipping over the top of the pendant, sew through all the beads inside the pendant. 
Jade and cloisonne necklace Step 10
10. Skip the last 15/0, and sew back through the last 3mm and a few 15/0s. Sew a cluster of jade and crystal beads to cover the 15/0s inside the pendant as well as those you just strung over the top of it. 

Sew back through the 3mm above the pendant, and then continue stitching clusters on the other side. End the thread.
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