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Bohemian gem necklace

Connect earthy gems and brass bead caps in a long necklace

Pairing semi-precious gemstones with antiqued brass evokes a feel of bohemian elegance. This necklace can be wrapped twice or worn in one long loop and layered with other jewelry — perfect for casual-chic style.

Using gemstones with similar tones, combined with subdued wire and findings, gives this necklace an organic flow.

Supplies

Necklace 38 in. (97 cm)

  • 30–40 10–20 mm assorted gemstone beads
  • 60–100 8–20 mm assorted bead caps
  • 7–8 ft. (2.13–2.43 m) 22-gauge wire, antique brass
  • toggle clasp
  • chainnose pliers and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
Instructions:
Bohemian gem necklace 1
Step 1
Bohemian gem necklace 2
Step 2
1. Cut a 3-in. (7.6 cm) piece of wire. On one end, make the first half of a wrapped loop. String a bead cap, a gemstone, and a bead cap, and make the first half of a wrapped loop. Make 17 or 18 single-bead units.
 
2. Cut a 5-in. (13 cm) piece of wire. On one end, make the first half of a wrapped loop. String: bead cap, gemstone, bead cap, gemstone, bead cap. Make the first half of a wrapped loop. Make seven or eight two-bead units, adding an additional bead cap between the gemstones as desired.
Tip!
Make somewhat large wrapped loops to mimic the round shape of the beads. And when you wear the necklace doubled, the loops will create a more open and airy design.
Bohemian gem necklace 3
Step 3
3. On one end of a single-bead unit, attach half of a toggle clasp and complete the wraps. Continue attaching bead units as desired. Attach the last bead unit and the other half of the clasp.
Tip!

Finishing tip: Place smaller beads on each side of the clasp for a more comfortable fit.

 

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