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Draped pearl necklace

Combine pearls and crystals in a "Downton Abbey"-inspired bridal design
Draped pearl necklace

We’re “Downton Abbey”-obsessed at my house. When Lady Mary said “I do” to Matthew Crawley, it felt like a perfect pairing of two of my favorite things — weddings and Mary’s wardrobe. With this fictional fashion icon in mind, I created an Edwardian-inspired necklace composed of the classics: pearls and crystals.

Download the free project PDF above, or read the instructions below.

What you’ll need

Necklace 17 in. (43 cm)

  • 53–57 6 mm round crystal pearls
  • 52–56 3 mm round crystals
  • 3 18–20 mm butterfly filigrees
  • 52–70 in. (1.32–1.78 m) 22-gauge wire
  • 1-in. (2.5 cm) head pin
  • lobster claw clasp
  • 1 in. (2.5 cm) chain for extender, 6–8 mm links
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

Butterfly filigrees from Rings&Things, 800.366.2156, rings-things.com. The Swarovski Elements crystals are crystal golden shadow. The crystal pearls are light gold.

If you can’t find these exact butterfly filigrees, look for similar three-to-one connectors. Depending on the spacing of the holes in each filigree, the drape will vary. Check the drape often to see how the strands fall, and make adjustments as needed. How to adjust? Move the strands up or down a notch in each filigree (that’s the beauty of filigrees!), or try adding or removing bead connectors.

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Instructions

1. Cut a 1–1 1⁄4-in. (2.5–3.2 cm) piece of wire. On one end, make a plain loop. String a crystal and a pearl and make a plain loop. Make 52 to 56 connectors.

 

2. Make two four-connector strands, two five-connector strands, and two eight-connector strands, opening and closing the loops as you go. Attach the end loops of each strand and the loops of a butterfly filigree as shown.

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3. Make two strands with nine to 11 connectors. Attach an end loop and a loop of the right and left filigrees as shown.

 

4. On one end, attach a lobster claw clasp.

 

5. On the other end, attach a 1-in. (2.5 cm) piece of chain. On a head pin, string a pearl. Make a plain loop and attach the end link.

 

Tip!

Make your plain loops consistent in size — a mix of larger and smaller loops will alter the length of each strand and throw off the drape.

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