November birthstone: Topaz earrings

Topaz is associated with constancy, loyalty, and friendship; it’s the perfect stone for a pal with a November birthday! 

These drop earrings are a lovely ode to blue topaz, but you can make them with traditional topaz or any assortment of beads and beading wire. For variety, use pearls or bicones instead of teardrops, make two wire loops instead of three, or play with colorful wire; just have fun with it!

November birthstone Topaz earrings 1
Step 1
For each earring: Cut a 12–16-in. (30–41 cm) piece of beading wire. Attach a bead stopper to one end. String two crimp tubes. String: 11/0 seed bead, bicone crystal, 11/0, round bead, 11/0, bicone, 11/0. Go through the crimp tubes.
November birthstone Topaz earrings 2
Step 2
String: 11/0, bicone, 11/0, round, 11 mm drop, round, 11/0, bicone, 11/0. Go through the crimp tubes.
November birthstone Topaz earrings 3
Step 3
String: 11/0, bicone, 11/0, round, 11 mm drop, round, 13 mm drop, round, 11 mm drop, round, 11/0, bicone, 11/0. Go through the crimp  tubes and adjust the loops as shown.
November birthstone Topaz earrings 4
Step 4
Crimp the crimp tubes about 1⁄4 in. (6 mm) apart. Trim the excess wire. If desired, close a crimp cover over each crimp. Open the loop of an earring wire and attach the dangle between the crimps. Close the loop.
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