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Earthy statement necklace

Mix and match colored stones for drama
Earthy statement earrings

The chic statement necklaces that are populating fashion magazines rely heavily on faux gems. If your style message is earthier, Mother Nature offers all the color you need. Choose a couple of large stones as focal points and finish your strand with smaller stones in matching or contrasting colors.

SUPPLIES

Necklace 17 in. (43 cm)

  • 2 25–40 mm gemstones
  • 15–20 mm gemstone 
  • 6–12 12 mm gemstone rondelles
  • 10–18 12 mm round gemstones
  • 16–24 10 mm round gemstones
  • 5 8 mm round gemstones 
  • flexible beading wire, .014 or .015
  • 2-in. (5 cm) head pin 
  • 2 crimp beads
  • hook-and-eye clasp
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • crimping pliers (optional)

Earrings

  • 2 10 mm round gemstones
  • 2 8 mm round gemstones 
  • 5 in. (13 cm) long-and-short chain, 12 and 5 mm links
  • 4 2-in. (5 cm) head pins
  • pair of earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

 INSTRUCTIONS

Earthy statement necklace step 1
Step 1
Cut a piece of beading wire. On the wire, string: 8 mm round bead, 25–40 mm gemstone, 8 mm, 25–40 mm, 8 mm.
Earthy statement necklace step 2
Step 2
On one end, string 3–4 in. (7.6–10 cm) of rondelles, 10 mm rounds, and 12 mm rounds. On the other end, string rounds and rondelles until the strand is within 1 in. (2.5 cm) of the finished length.
Earthy statement necklace step 3
Step 3
On each end, string an 8 mm and attach the clasp.
Earthy statement necklace step 4
Step 4
On a head pin, string a 15–20 mm gemstone. Make the first half of a wrapped loop.
Earthy statement necklace step 5
Step 5
Attach the dangle and half of the clasp. Complete the wraps.
Earthy statement necklace design alternative
Design alternative
A multicolored, graduated strand of Soochow jade gives you a ready-made mix of shapes and colors. Instead of adding other stones, I strung copper wire components for a metallic accent.
Earrings
Earthy statement necklace step 6
Step 1
Cut a piece of chain with four long links. On a head pin, string a 10 mm round bead and make the first half of a wrapped loop. Make a bead unit with an 8 mm round bead. 
Earthy statement necklace step 7
Step 2
On each end of the chain, attach a bead unit and complete the wraps. Open the loop of an earring wire and attach the second link of the chain. Close the loop. Make a second earring to match the first.
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