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Lavender quartz necklace and bracelet

String dyed briolettes for a Provence-inspired jewelry set

My dream vacation would be a summer trip to the south of France to see the lavender fields. Lavender blooms in Provence from the end of June until it’s harvested in August; the flowers reach their peak in July. Some summer, I will see those fields — but this is not that summer. To keep the dream alive, I strung a pretty set with lavender-colored quartz and fresh green accents.

Read the project instructions below, or download the free project PDF here.

Supplies

Necklace 17 in. (43 cm)

  • 3 6-in. (15 cm) strands 18 mm briolettes
  • 6–12 14 mm round beads
  • 12–14 2–3 mm rondelles
  • 20–22 3–4 mm spacers
  • flexible beading wire, .014 or .015
  • 2 18–20 mm hammered oval links
  • 8 crimp beads
  • 8 Wire Guardians
  • lobster claw clasp and 19 mm hammered round link
  • chainnose or crimping pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters 

Bracelet

  • 30–35 9–10 mm briolettes
  • 15–18 8 mm round beads
  • 20–24 6 mm round beads
  • 70–80 4 mm round beads, in two colors
  • 126–138 3–4 mm spacers
  • memory wire
  • roundnose pliers
  • heavy-duty wire cutters

Briolettes from Holy and Pure Gemstone Bead, Inc., 678.482.8778, facebook.com/holyandpuregemstone. Round beads in bracelet by Dazzle-it! available from John Bead Corporation, johnbead.com.

Instructions:

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1. Cut a 17-in. (43 cm) piece of beading wire. String a spacer, three briolettes, and a rondelle. String nine to 11 sets of briolettes, alternating with spacers and rondelles. Repeat on a second wire, starting with a rondelle, three briolettes, and a spacer.

2. Add or remove beads from each wire so the beaded sections are about equal in length. On each side of each wire that ends with a rondelle, string a spacer, a crimp bead, and a spacer. On the remaining wire ends, string a crimp bead and a spacer.

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Step 4

3. On each end of each wire, string a Wire Guardian. On each side, over both wires, string an oval link. Go back through the last few beads strung and tighten the wires. Crimp the crimp beads (Basics) and trim the excess wire.

4. Cut two 8–9-in. (20–23 cm) pieces of beading wire. On each wire, string a crimp bead, a Wire Guardian, and an oval link from step 3. Go back through the crimp bead and crimp it. On each wire, string round beads until the neck-lace is within 1 in. (2.5 cm) of the finished length.

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Step 5
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Step 6

5. On one wire end, string a crimp bead, a spacer, a Wire Guardian, and a lobster claw clasp. Go back through the last few beads strung, tighten the wire, and crimp. Trim the excess wire.

6. Repeat step 5 on the other wire end, substituting a hammered round link for the clasp. Trim the excess wire.

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Bracelet

1. Use heavy-duty wire cutters to cut a piece of memory wire five or six coils long. Use roundnose pliers to make a loop on one end of the wire.

2. String 3⁄4–1-in. (1.9–2.5 cm) sections of beads as desired (Pattern placement, right) until the bracelet is the desired length. Make a loop on the remaining end of the wire and trim the excess wire.

Pattern Placement

In the bracelet, I started by stringing seven 3⁄4 –1-in. (1.9–2.5 cm) sections of beads. I strung two sections of 4 mm silver spacers and a section each of 4 mm and 6 mm rounds in lavender, 4 mm and 8 mm rounds in green, and 9–10 mm briolettes in lavender. To achieve a staggered look, I never repeated the pattern exactly, but rather swapped sections as needed so that different sizes, shapes, and colors lined up on each subsequent coil.

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