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Pyrite nuggets bracelet

String faceted nuggets for a contemporary look.

It may be called fool’s gold, but these nuggets make for smart style — especially when they’re paired with gunmetal findings in a budget-friendly bracelet.


  • 2 16-in. (41 cm) strands 6–8 mm faceted pyrite nuggets
  • 16 4 mm bicone crystals
  • flexible beading wire, .014 or .015
  • 8 crimp beads
  • four-strand slide clasp
  • chainnose or crimping pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

Beads from Eclectica. Check your local bead store for supplies. 


Pyrite nuggets bracelet Step 1
1. Cut a piece of beading wire. String nuggets until the strand is within 1 in. (2.5 cm) of the finished length.
Pyrite nuggets bracelet Step 2
2. Repeat step 1 to make four strands of the same length.
Pyrite nuggets bracelet Step 3
3. On each end of each wire, string a bicone crystal, a crimp bead, a bicone, and the corresponding loop of half of a clasp. Check the fit, and add or remove beads if necessary. Go back through the beads just strung and tighten the wire. Crimp the crimp bead and trim the excess wire.
  • When you buy pyrite, choose strands that have consistently sized beads — stringing multiple strands of the same length will be foolproof.

  • For a monochromatic finish, I paired gunmetal findings with bicones in crystal tabac. You can also use findings in gold, silver, or antique brass. Just make sure your crystals match so that the choice looks deliberate.
Pyrite nuggets earrings
Gunmetal components (like these fleur de lis connectors) lend delicate design options. Or, call attention to your earrings by using bigger, more geometric shapes.
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