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March: Aquamarine nugget necklace and earrings

Here’s a quick way to turn organic aquamarine into a springtime collar: String round crystal pearls between each bead. You’ll love the balance of the double-drilled beads, which won’t flip up when you’re wearing the necklace.


Necklace 16 1⁄2 in. (41.9 cm)

  • 16-in. (41 cm) strand 20–35 mm aquamarine nuggets, double drilled
  • 52–60 3–4 mm round crystal pearls
  • flexible beading wire,.014 or.015
  • 2 crimp beads
  • two-strand slide clasp
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • crimping pliers (optional)

Aquamarine nuggets from Dakota Stones, Check your local bead store for supplies. 


March Aquamarine bracelet 1
Step 1
Cut two 23–27-in. (58–69 cm) pieces of beading wire. On each wire, center a hole of the largest double-drilled nugget.
March Aquamarine bracelet 2
Step 2
On each end of each wire, string a pearl and a hole of a nugget. Repeat until the strand is within 1 in. (2.5 cm) of the finished length, ending with a nugget.
March Aquamarine bracelet 3
Step 3
On each end of each wire, string two pearls, a crimp bead, a pearl, and the corresponding loop of a slide clasp. Go back through the beads just strung and tighten the wire. Crimp the crimp beads and trim the excess wire.
March Aquamarine earrings
For earrings, select nuggets that have a similar cut (whether straight or jagged) and about the same thickness.
Flattering fit: If you’re short on nuggets, string additional pearls on the ends of the wire. Or do this anyway if you prefer a more delicate finish at the back of your neck.
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