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March: Aquamarine and quartz necklace

Cool aquamarine and frosty quartz melt into a birthstone necklace that evokes a sense of warm days by the sea. Named Aqua Marina by the Romans because it reminded them of seawater, March’s birthstone comes in several shades of translucent blue. Here, it’s paired with opaque quartz, faceted silver seed beads, and whimsical x-shaped spacers to make an elegant salute to spring.

SUPPLIES

  • 16-in. (41cm) strand 4mm round beads, aquamarine
  • 16-in. strand 6mm round beads, frosted quartz 
  • 1g faceted seed beads, size 11/0
  • 44 or more 4mm disc-shaped spacers
  • 4 4.1mm x-shaped spacers, (Rio Grande, riogrande.com)
  • 4 3mm round spacer beads
  • flexible beading wire, .014 or .015
  • lobster claw clasp
  • soldered jump ring or split ring
  • 2 crimp beads
  • chainnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • crimping pliers (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

March Aquamarine and quartz necklace a
Step 1
Determine the finished length of your necklace (mine is 18 1⁄2  in./47cm), add 6 in. (15cm), and cut two pieces of beading wire to that length. Center a quartz bead on both strands. Add a disc and a seed bead on each side. Tape one side close to the seed bead so the beads remain centered.
March Aquamarine and quartz necklace b
Step 2
Separate the strands, and string each with an alternating pattern of five aquamarines and five seed beads, starting with an aquamarine.
March Aquamarine and quartz necklace c
Step 3
String an x-shaped spacer as shown.
March Aquamarine and quartz necklace d
Step 4
String an alternating pattern of five seed beads and five aquamarines as in step 2, starting with a seed bead.
March Aquamarine and quartz necklace e
Step 5
String a seed bead, a disc, a quartz bead, a disc, and a seed bead over both strands. Repeat steps 2 and 3.

Remove the tape and repeat steps 2 through 5 on the other side of the center beads.
March Aquamarine and quartz necklace f
Step 6
String three seed beads on each strand. Over both strands, string one disc, three seed beads, one disc, and a quartz bead. Repeat the pattern nine times. Repeat step 7 on the other end.
March Aquamarine and quartz necklace g
Step 7
Check the fit and add or remove beads from each end, if necessary. String a round, a crimp bead, a round, and a clasp over both wires. Go back through the last beads strung. Tighten the wire, crimp the crimp bead, and trim the excess wire. Repeat on the other end, using a soldered jump ring or a split ring in place of the clasp. 
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