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Golden opportunity set

Pair gemstone nuggets with gold accents for a quick necklace, bracelet, and earrings
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A classic choker looks contemporary when strung with irregularly shaped gemstone nuggets. Any gemstone with golden highlights will dazzle: try shells, turquoise, citrine, carnelian, or stick pearls. Sprinkled with vermeil accents in smooth and textured finishes, the necklace’s sophisticated style belies its simple stringing. And since the necklace is choker length, you’ll get extra mileage from a 16-inch strand of nuggets —enough for a choker, a bracelet, and a pair of earrings.

SUPPLIES

necklace

  • 16-in. (41cm) strand gemstone nuggets, approximately 15 x 18mm
  • 6–10 5–7mm textured vermeil beads
  • 8–12 5mm vermeil spacers
  • 4 6mm round beads
  • 4 3mm round spacers
  • flexible beading wire, .014 or .015
  • 2 crimp beads
  • bullion wire (optional)
  • S-hook or hook clasp with 2 soldered jump rings
  • chainnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • crimping pliers (optional)

bracelet

  • 5–7 gemstone nuggets, approximately 15 x 18mm
  • 2–4 5–7mm textured vermeil beads
  • 4 5mm vermeil spacers
  • 4 6mm round beads
  • 4 3mm round spacers
  • flexible beading wire, .014 or .015
  • 2 crimp beads
  • bullion wire (optional)
  • lobster claw clasp and soldered jump ring
  • chainnose or crimping pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

earrings 

  • 2 gemstone nuggets, approximately 15 x 18mm
  • 2 5–7mm textured vermeil beads or 6mm round beads
  • 2 2-in. (5cm) head pins
  • pair of post earrings with loops
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

INSTRUCTIONS

Necklace

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1a. Determine the finished length of your necklace. (My necklaces are 15 1⁄2 in./39.4 cm.) Add 6 in. (15 cm) and cut a piece of beading wire to that length.

1b. Center a nugget on the wire. On each end, string a textured vermeil bead and a nugget, repeating until the necklace is half the desired length. End with a vermeil bead.


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2. String a nugget and a vermeil spacer on each end, repeating until the necklace is within 2 1⁄2 in. (6.4 cm) of the desired length. String two 6mm round beads on each end.
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3. On each end, string: round spacer, crimp bead, round spacer, soldered jump ring. Go back through the beads just strung and tighten the wire. Check the fit, and add or remove beads if necessary. (If desired, check the fit, then string a 1⁄4-in./6mm piece of bullion between the spacer and the jump ring. Tighten the wire so the bullion forms a loop.) Crimp the crimp beads and trim the excess wire.
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4. Attach an S-hook clasp to one of the jump rings. Close half of the S with chainnose pliers.
Tip!
For a more traditional necklace, select geometric shapes such as rectangles, ovals, or rounds.
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Bracelet

Determine the finished length of your bracelet, add 5 in. (13cm), and cut a piece of beading wire to that length. Follow steps 1b and 2 of the necklace instructions. To finish, follow step 3, substituting a lobster claw clasp for one of the soldered jump rings.


Earrings
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1. String a nugget and a round or vermeil bead on a head pin. Make a wrapped loop above the top bead.
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2. Open the loop on a post earring and attach the dangle. Close the loop. Make a second earring to match the first.

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