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March birthstone: Aquamarine necklace

Though I used Zambian aquamarine to make March birthday jewels, this cool blue design will help you turn just about any graduated strand into a swinging, stylish set.

SUPPLIES

Necklace 17 in. (43 cm)

  • 16 in. (41 cm) strand graduated aquamarine rondelles, 6–18 mm
  • 52–64 3 mm faceted spacers
  • 4 3 mm large-hole faceted spacers
  • flexible beading wire, .018 or .019
  • 42 in. (1.1 m) 24-gauge wire
  • 64 in. (1.6 m) chain, 2–3 mm links
  • 2-in. (5 cm) head pin
  • 2 crimp beads
  • 2 crimp covers
  • 2 in. (5 cm) chain for extender, 5–6 mm links
  • lobster claw clasp
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

Earrings

  • 2 6 mm aquamarine rondelles
  • 6 in. (15 cm) 24-gauge wire
  • 6 1⁄2 in. (16.5 cm) chain, 2–3 mm links
  • 2 3 mm jump rings (optional)
  • pair of earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

Rondelles from Rings & Things, rings-things.com. Similar beads available from Art Fire, artfire.com. Check your local bead store for supplies.  

INSTRUCTIONS
March birthstone Aquamarine necklace 1
Step 1
Cut a piece of beading wire. String a spacer, the largest rondelle, and a spacer. Center the beads on the wire.
March birthstone Aquamarine necklace 2
Step 2
Cut a 6-in. (15 cm) piece of chain. Cut the chain in half. Cut a 3-in. (7.6 cm) piece of wire and make the first half of a wrapped loop. Attach an end of one chain and complete the wraps. String the next largest rondelle and make the first half of a wrapped loop. Attach an end of the other chain and complete the wraps. Repeat to make a second dangle.
March birthstone Aquamarine necklace 3
Step 3
On each end of the beading wire, string the end links of one dangle, a spacer, the next largest rondelle, and a spacer.
March birthstone Aquamarine necklace 4
Step 4

a. Repeat steps 2 and 3 with a 5 1⁄2-in. (14 cm) chain.

b. Repeat steps 2 and 3 with a 5-in. (13 cm) chain.

c. Repeat steps 2 and 3 with a 4 1⁄2-in. (11.4 cm) chain.

d. Repeat steps 2 and 3 with a 4-in. (10 cm) chain.

e. Repeat steps 2 and 3 with a 3 1⁄2-in. (8.9 cm) chain.

f. Repeat steps 2 and 3 with a 3-in. (7.6 cm) chain.

March birthstone Aquamarine necklace 5
Step 5
On each end, string alternating spacers and rondelles in descending sizes until the strand is within 1 in. (2.5 cm) of the finished length. End with a large-hole spacer.
March birthstone Aquamarine necklace 6
Step 6
On one end, string a crimp bead, a large-hole spacer, and a lobster claw clasp. Repeat on the other end, substituting a 2-in. (5 cm) chain for the clasp. Go back through the last few beads strung and tighten the wire. Crimp the crimp bead and trim the excess wire. Close a crimp cover over each crimp.
March birthstone Aquamarine necklace 7
Step 7
On a head pin, string a spacer and a rondelle. Make the first half of a wrapped loop. Attach the end of the extender chain and complete the wraps.
Earrings
March birthstone Aquamarine earrings
Earrings
March birthstone Aquamarine earrings 1
Step 1
For each earring: Cut two 1 1⁄2-in. (3.8 cm) pieces of chain. Cut a 3-in. (7.6 cm) piece of wire and make the first half of a wrapped loop. Attach an end link of one chain and complete the wraps. On the wire, string a rondelle and make the first half of a wrapped loop. Attach an end link of the other chain and complete the wraps.
March birthstone Aquamarine earrings 2
Step 2
Open a jump ring or a link of chain. Attach the end links of each chain and close the jump ring or chain link.
March birthstone Aquamarine earrings 3
Step 3
Open the loop of an earring wire and attach the dangle. Close the loop.
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