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July birthstone: Dyed ruby fan necklace and earrings

Rubies, even the dyed variety, are a special-occasion purchase for most of us. But since a July birthday is a special occasion, mark it in style with dyed ruby fans. A few go a long way in this delicate yet dramatic necklace-and-earrings set.

SUPPLIES

Necklace 20 in. (51 cm)

  • 3 10–11 mm dyed ruby fans, top drilled ($36 for a strand of five)
  • 2 10-in. (25 cm) strands 130 seed beads ($16)
  • 2 4 mm oval spacers 
  • flexible beading wire,.010 or.013
  • 2 crimp beads
  • toggle clasp
  • chainnose or crimping pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
Earrings
  • 2 10–11 mm dyed ruby fans, top drilled
  • 4 in. (10 cm) 26-gauge half-hard wire
  • pair of earring threads
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

Dyed rubies from The Earth Bazaar, 866.424.5149, theearthbazaar.com

INSTRUCTIONS

Necklace

July birthstone Dyed ruby fan necklace 1
Step 1
July birthstone Dyed ruby fan necklace 2
Step 2
1. Cut a piece of beading wire. Center a fan.

2. On each end, string 3⁄4 in. (1.9 cm) of 130 seed beads and a fan.
July birthstone Dyed ruby fan necklace 3
Step 3

3. String 130s until the strand is within 1 in. (2.5 cm) of the finished length. On each end, string an oval spacer, a crimp bead, and half of a clasp. Check the fit, and add or remove beads if necessary. Go back through the beads just strung and tighten the wire. Crimp the crimp bead and trim the excess wire. 

Earrings

July birthstone Dyed ruby fan earrings 1
Step 1
July birthstone Dyed ruby fan earrings 2
Step 2
1. Cut a 2-in. (5 cm) piece of wire. String a fan and make a set of wraps above it. Make the first half of a wrapped loop.

2.  Attach the fan unit to the loop of an earring thread. Complete the wraps. Make a second earring to match the first.
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