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Matte gemstone and mosaic bead necklace and earrings

Blue-violet gems highlight stone beads with inlaid shells

Matte gemstone and mosaic bead necklace

These dark gemstone slabs and rounds are purple dumortierite. Dumortierite — try saying that five times fast! Mactan stone beads inlaid with abalone shells are the perfect off-center accent. Each of these beads is handcrafted from natural fossil stone from Mactan Island in the Philippines. Incorporating small champagne-colored CZs as spacers throughout the necklace further unifies these natural elements.

See the project instructions below, or download the free project PDF above.

What you’ll need

Necklace 20 in. (51 cm)

  • 2 35 mm Mactan stone teardrop beads
  • 2 22 mm Mactan stone circle beads
  • 16-in. (41 cm) strand 24–35 mm flat purple dumortierite beads
  • 16-in. (41 cm) strand 10 mm round purple dumortierite beads
  • 8-in. (20 cm) strand 3 mm round CZ beads
  • 4 4 mm bicone crystals
  • flexible beading wire,.014 or.015
  • 2 1⁄2-in. (6.4 cm) head pin
  • 4 crimp beads
  • lobster claw clasp and 15–20 mm soldered link
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • crimping pliers (optional)

Earrings

  • 2 35 mm Mactan stone teardrop beads
  • 4 3 mm round CZ beads
  • 2 2 1⁄2-in. (6.4 cm) head pins
  • pair of earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

Mactan beads from Beads & Honey, beadsandhoney.com. Dumortierite beads from Dakota Stones, 612.298.7371, dakotastones.com.

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Instructions – Necklace

1. Cut a piece of beading wire. String an alternating pattern of round dumortierite beads and CZs until the strand is within 2 in. (5 cm) of the finished length.

2. Cut a piece of beading wire. String: bicone crystal, teardrop bead, bicone, circle bead, bicone, teardrop, bicone.

3. On one side, string 10–11 in. (25–28 cm) of beads, alternating dumortierite beads and CZs. Repeat on the other side, stringing a 3–4-in. (7.6–10 cm) section. Check the fit and add or remove beads so the strand is within 1 in. (2.5 cm) of the finished length.

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4. On one end of each wire, string a CZ, a crimp bead, a CZ, and a lobster claw clasp. Repeat on the other end, substituting a 15–20 mm link for the clasp. Go back through the beads just strung and tighten the wires. Crimp the crimp beads and trim the excess wire.

5. On a head pin, string a CZ, a circle bead, and a CZ. Make the first half of a wrapped loop. Attach the end link and complete the wraps.

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Instructions – Earrings

1. For each earring: On a head pin, string a CZ, a teardrop bead, and a CZ. Make a plain loop.

2. Open the loop of an earring wire. Attach the dangle and close the loop.

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