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Asymmetrical necklace

String a half-and-half piece in a triple-strand necklace
Asymmetrical necklace

Throw convention off balance with an asymmetrical necklace. The two halves — geometric shapes and free-form chips — meet at off-kilter nuggets. For a unifying element, add earrings with a clean, simple line. You’ll love the dramatic drape of these pieces.

Click through the gallery below for step-by-step instructions, or download the free project PDF above, which includes information on how to make matching earrings.

Supply List


  • 3 nuggets, approximately 15 x 25mm
  • 27 8mm flat beads
  • 16-in. (41cm) strand 5mm heishi beads or chips
  • 73–130 3–4mm beads
  • 3g 8/0 seed beads or 16-in. (41cm) strand 2mm beads
  • 2g 11/0 seed beads
  • flexible beading wire, .014 or .015
  • 6 crimp beads
  • three-strand clasp
  • chainnose or crimping pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

Materials for the turquoise necklace are available from Rings & Things, (800) 366-2156, or Materials for the kyanite necklace are available from Knot Just Beads, (414) 771-8360, or

Keep the size of the nuggets in mind when you check the necklace’s fit. For a flattering drape, allow more length between strands with wide nuggets. Strands can have less variation in length with narrow nuggets.
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