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Winter gemstone necklace

Gunmetal chain brings out the moody hues of a seasonal set

These black gold amazonite rondelles remind me of the cool colors of a snowy winter night. The varied colors of the strand — blue, green, taupe, and grey — make it look like you spent hours selecting the beads while gunmetal chain and spacers unify the design. I love the splash of red on the pendant; it heralds the dawn of a bright (if not quite warm) morning.

These beads show off both the warm and cool colors possible with amazonite.

SUPPLIES

Necklace 19 in. (48 cm) 

  • 28–32 mm gemstone coin bead
  • 16-in. (41 cm) strand 5–6 mm gemstone rondelles 
  • 30–36 3 mm round spacers
  • flexible beading wire, .014 or .015
  • 18–20 in. (46–51 cm) chain, 10–12 mm links
  • 3-in. (7.6 cm) decorative head pin
  • 6 1 1⁄2-in. (3.8 cm) head pins
  • 2 5–6 mm jump rings
  • 2 crimp beads
  • two-strand toggle clasp
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • crimping pliers (optional)

Earrings

  • 4 5–6 mm gemstone rondelles left over from necklace
  • 4 3 mm round spacers
  • 2 1 1⁄2-in. (3.8 cm) head pins
  • pair of earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

Amazonite coin bead, spacers, chain, and toggle clasp from Eclectica. Check your local bead store for supplies.

INSTRUCTIONS

Winter gemstone necklace 1
Step 1
Decide how long you want your necklace to be and cut a piece of chain to that length. On a 3-in. (7.6 cm) head pin, string a coin bead. Make the first half of a wrapped loop. Attach the center link of chain and complete the wraps.
Winter gemstone necklace 2
Step 2
On a 1 1⁄2-in. (3.8 cm) head pin, string a spacer and a rondelle. Make the first half of a wrapped loop. Make six rondelle units.
Winter gemstone necklace 3
Step 3
On each side of the pendant, attach three rondelle units, skipping a few links in between. Complete the wraps as you go.
Winter gemstone necklace 4
Step 4
Cut a piece of beading wire. Center a spacer, two rondelles, and a spacer. On each side, string: three rondelles, spacer, rondelle, spacer, three rondelles, spacer, two rondelles, spacer. Repeat until the strand is 3 in. (7.6 cm) shorter than the chain.
Winter gemstone necklace 5
Step 5
On each end, string two rondelles and attach half of a two-strand toggle clasp.
Winter gemstone necklace 6
Step 6
On each end, open a jump ring and attach the chain and the remaining loop of the clasp. Close the jump ring.
Earrings
Winter gemstone necklace e1
Step 1
On a head pin, string a spacer, two rondelles, and a spacer. Make a wrapped loop.
Winter gemstone necklace e2
Step 2
Open the loop of an earring wire and attach the dangle. Close the loop. Make a second earring.
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