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October birthstone: Opal necklace

The view from my window is of twinkling waters, so I wanted to make jewelry to reflect the sandy shoreline. I’m absolutely in love with the rainbow of colors at play in these shimmering gemstones. I get lots of compliments whenever I wear this necklace!


Necklace 24 in. (61 cm) 

  • 13 7–11 mm opal chips
  • 8 10 mm vermeil disk charms
  • 24–28 in. (61–71 cm) chain, 18 mm links
  • 23 4–6 mm jump rings
  • lobster claw clasp
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutter 

Opal chips and vermeil charms from Check your local bead store for supplies.


October birthstone Opal necklace 1
Step 1
1. Cut a 24–28-in. (61–71 cm) piece of chain with an odd number of links. Open a jump ring. Attach an opal chip and the center link. Close the jump ring. Attach two more chips to the link.
October birthstone Opal necklace 2
Step 2
October birthstone Opal necklace 3
Step 3
2. Attach a jump ring and a vermeil disk charm. Use a second jump ring to attach the dangle and the links on each side of the center link as shown.

3. On each side, on the next three links, attach a chip, a charm, and a chip. Repeat.
October birthstone Opal necklace 4
Step 4
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Step 5
4. On each side, skip a link. On the next two links, attach a chip and a charm.

5. On one end, use a jump ring to attach the end link and a lobster claw clasp. On the other end, use a jump ring to attach a charm.
Gem fact: In 2008, NASA discovered opal deposits on Mars. Here on Earth, 97% of the world’s opals are found in Australia.
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