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Starfish necklace

String a summer necklace and earrings in pearl and natural beach tones

Living in South Florida, I see an abundance of color all around me. But I also find inspiration in the soothing palette offered by local beaches. To represent the elements of sand and sea, I opted for mother-of-pearl, white biwa (stick) pearls, and aquamarine crystals.


Necklace 21 1⁄2 in. (54.6 cm) 

  • 20 mm crystal starfish pendant
  • 12–15 15–20 mm stick pearls, center drilled
  • 16-in. (41 cm) 8 mm faceted round mother-of-pearl beads
  • 12–14 6 mm bicone crystals
  • 9–12 4 mm round crystals
  • 24–28 6 mm flat spacers
  • 14 mm textured ring
  • flexible beading wire,.014 or.015
  • 6–7 mm jump ring
  • 4 crimp beads
  • 4 crimp covers
  • spring-ring or lobster claw clasp, plus soldered jump ring or figure-8 connector
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers, or 2 pairs of chainnose pliers
  • crimping pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

Supplies available from Rings & Things, 800.366.2156,, or Fire Mountain Gems and Beads, 800.355.2137, Check your local bead store for supplies. 



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Step 1
Starfish necklace 2
Step 2

1. Open a jump ring. Attach a starfish pendant and a textured ring and close the jump ring.

2. Cut two 14–16-in. (36–41 cm) pieces of beading wire. On one wire, string a crimp bead and the ring. Go back through the crimp bead and tighten the wire. Make a folded crimp.

Starfish necklace 3
Step 3
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Step 4

3. String: spacer, bicone crystal, spacer, five stick pearls alternated with four round crystals, spacer, bicone, spacer, four 8 mm faceted beads. Repeat until the strand is within 1 in. (2.5 cm) of half the finished length.

4. Attach the second wire to the ring as in step 2. String a spacer, a bicone, a spacer, and five 8 mms. String: spacer, bicone, spacer, three 8 mms, repeating until the strand is within 1 in. (2.5 cm) of half the finished length.

Starfish necklace 5
Step 5
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Step 6

5. On one end, attach half of a clasp. Repeat on the other end, substituting a soldered jump ring or figure-8 connector for the clasp.

6. Close a crimp cover over each crimp.

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