Aquamarine rondelle necklace and earrings

These fabulous gemstones capture the cool colors of the sea.

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Rondelle

MATERIALS

necklace 16 in. (41cm)

  • 36 5mm round pearls
  • 114 3–4mm aquamarine rondelles
  • 15 2 x 5mm aquamarine teardrops, center drilled
  • 5g size 15/0 Japanese seed beads
  • 2g size 15/0 Charlottes
  • Fireline, 4 lb. test
  • S-clasp with 2 soldered jump rings
  • beading needles, #12–13

earrings

  • 4 5mm round pearls
  • 4 3–4mm aquamarine rondelles
  • 6 2 x 5mm aquamarine teardrops, center drilled
  • 1g size 15/0 Japanese seed beads
  • 1g size 15/0 Charlottes
  • Fireline, 4 lb. test
  • 2 3mm soldered jump rings
  • pair of earring findings
  • chainnose pliers
  • beading needles, #12–13

INSTRUCTIONS

Base

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Figure 1
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Figure 2

1. Start by stitching the center of the necklace and one side, and then go back to the center and work the other side. On 3 yd. (2.7m) of Fireline, pick up 14 15/0 seed beads. Sew back through the first 15/0 to create a ring (FIGURE 1, a–b). Pick up a Charlotte, a 2–3mm aquamarine rondelle, and a Charlotte. Skip the next six 15/0s, and sew through the next 15/0 in the ring (b–c).

2. Pick up 16 15/0s and sew through the 15/0 adjacent to the 15/0 the thread is exiting from  the previous step (c–d). Pick up a Charlotte, a 5mm pearl, and a Charlotte. Skip the next seven 15/0s and sew through the next 15/0 in the new ring (d–e).

3. Pick up 12 15/0s. Sew through the 15/0 adjacent to the 15/0 the thread is exiting in the previous step. Pick up a Charlotte, a rondelle, and a Charlotte. Skip the next five 15/0s and sew through the next 15/0 in the ring.

4. Repeat step 2 (FIGURE 2, a–b), but continue on through the next three 15/0s to offset the next ring (b–c).

5. Repeat step 3 (c–d).

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Figure 3
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Figure 4

6. Continue making the daisy chain by repeating steps 2 and 3 five times. Offset the next ring by sewing through 11 15/0s in the last two rings (FIGURE 3, a–b).

7. Pick up 13 15/0s and sew through the 15/0 the thread is exiting, and on through the first three 15/0s in the new ring (b–c). Pick up a Charlotte, a rondelle, and a Charlotte. Skip the next six 15/0s, and sew through the next 15/0 in the ring (c–d).

8. Pick up 12 15/0s and sew through the side 15/0 from the previous row of daisy chain (d–e). Pick up three 15/0s and sew through a 15/0 on the previous ring (e–f). Pick up a Charlotte, a pearl, and Charlotte. Skip the next six 15/0s, and sew through the next 15/0 (f–g).

9. Repeat step 4, then repeat steps 2 and 3 two times.

10. Repeat steps 7–9 three times.

11. Pick up 12 15/0s and a soldered jump ring. Sew back through the two 15/0s at the end of the previous ring (FIGURE 4, a–b)End the threads.

12. Secure a new 3-yd. (2.7m) length of Fireline in the second pearl ring at the other end of the necklace, and exit as needed to offset the next ring as a mirror image of the rondelle on the first side. Repeat steps 5–11 to make the other side of the necklace. (My necklace is 16 in./41cm.)

13. Connect the S-clasp to the soldered jump rings.

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Figure 5
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Figure 6

Embellishment 

1. Secure 2 yd. (1.8m) of Fireline in the base, exiting at figure 5, point a.

2. Pick up a Charlotte, an aquamarine teardrop, and a Charlotte. Sew back through the drop and the Charlotte, and back through the 15/0 the thread is exiting (a–b). Sew through the next 15/0.

3. Repeat step 2 two times (b–c), but continue on through the next 15 15/0s (c–d).

4. Alternate seven Charlottes with six rondelles, and sew through a 15/0 on the next rondelle ring on the base (d–e)

5. Alternate 12 Charlottes with 11 rondelles, and sew through a 15/0 on the second rondelle ring on the base (e–f).

6. Alternate nine Charlottes with eight rondelles, and sew through a 15/0 on the bottom rondelle ring on the base (f–g).

7. Repeat step 2 three times (g–h).

8. Mirror the embellishment on the other side of the base.

9. Sew through the beadwork to exit at figure 6, point a.

10. Alternate seven Charlottes with six rondelles, and then pick up a drop and a Charlotte. Sew back through the drop and the Charlotte (a–b).

11. Pick up a rondelle, a Charlotte, a rondelle, a Charlotte, a rondelle, a Charlotte, a drop, and a Charlotte. Sew back through the drop and the Charlotte (b–c).

12. Pick up a Charlotte, a drop, and a Charlotte. Sew back through the drop and the Charlotte. Repeat one more time (c–d).

13. Repeat step 11 (d–e).

14. Alternate six rondelles with six Charlottes, and sew through the corresponding 15/0 on the base on the opposite side (e–f).

15. Secure the Fireline in the beadwork, and trim.

Budget option

Budget option: Glass beads are an easy-to-find alternative to gemstones with unusual cuts. Because the shape and hole size of glass beads generally are more uniform than gemstones, glass beads are sometimes easier to use when you have to sew through a bead more than once.

For the bonus pair of earrings instructions, download our free PDF!

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