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String a fresh spring green necklace

An easy pattern gives way to a gorgeous necklace and earrings

I fell in love with these green amethyst coins at The International Gem & Jewelry Show. I learned that green amethyst is often mistaken for other gemstones, like peridot and tourmaline. It is sold under a variety of names, such as vermarine, green quartz, lime citrine, or prasiolite. To play up its pale yellow color, I chose silver accents.

SUPPLIES

necklace 18 1⁄2 in. (47 cm) 

  • 20 mm teardrop-shaped pendant (Blake Brothers, blakebros.com)
  • 8 13 mm faceted gemstone coins
  • 8 12 mm glass pearls
  • 4 6 mm glass pearls
  • 24–34 4 mm bicone crystals
  • 35 mm metal link with two loops
  • 16 9 mm bead caps (Jade House, jadehouseweb.com)
  • flexible beading wire, .014 or .015
  • 2-in. (5 cm) head pin
  • 2 4 mm jump rings
  • 2 crimp beads
  • 2 crimp covers
  • lobster claw clasp
  • 1 1⁄2 in. (3.8 cm) chain for extender, 7–8 mm links
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers, or 2 pairs of chainnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • crimping pliers (optional)

Check your local bead store for supplies. 

INSTRUCTIONS

String a fresh spring green necklace Step 1
1. Open a jump ring and attach a pendant and a loop of a metal link. Close the jump ring. Attach another jump ring to the link’s other loop.
String a fresh spring green necklace Step 2
2. Cut a piece of beading wire and center the pendant. 
String a fresh spring green necklace Step 3
3. On each end, string: bicone crystal, coin, bicone, bead cap, 12 mm pearl, bead cap. Repeat three times.
String a fresh spring green necklace Step 4
4. On each end, string a bicone, a 6 mm pearl, a bicone, and a 6 mm. String bicones until the strand is within 1 1⁄2 in. (3.8 cm) of the finished length. 
String a fresh spring green necklace Step 5
5. On one end, string a crimp bead, a bicone, and a lobster claw clasp. Repeat on the other end, substituting a 1 1⁄2-in. (3.8 cm) piece of chain for the clasp. Check the fit, and add or remove beads if necessary. Go back through the last few beads strung and tighten the wire. 
String a fresh spring green necklace Step 6
6. Crimp the crimp beads and trim the excess wire. Close a crimp cover over each crimp. On a head pin, string a bead. Make the first half of a wrapped loop. Attach the end link of the chain and complete the wraps.
 
String fresh spring green earrings
EARRINGS

Love the look? Make a matching pair of earrings!

SUPPLIES

  • 2 13 mm faceted gemstone coins
  • 4 4 mm bicone crystals
  • 2 9 mm bead caps
  • 2 2-in. (5 cm) head pins
  • pair of lever-back earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

 

INSTRUCTIONS

String fresh spring green earrings Step 1
1. On a head pin, string: bicone crystal, coin, bead cap, bicone. Make a wrapped loop.
String fresh spring green earrings  Step 2
2. Open an earring wire’s loop. Attach the dangle and close the loop. Make a second earring to match the first.
String fresh spring green earrings TIP
TIP: For the earrings, use your chainnose pliers to carefully bend the bead caps to fit around the coins.
String fresh Design Alernative
DESIGN ALTERNATIVE: When you’re in the mood for just a wee bit o’ green, a CZ pendant attached to a metal link and hung from chain is a quick option.
 

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