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April birthstone: Rhinestone bracelet

Add variations of color and texture around a crystal birthstone, accenting it with spring pastels for an extra pop of color. For a vintage-meets-modern vibe, I finished the band with metallic tile and brick beads — they’re delicate and keep the strand flat against your wrist. You’ll find this design incredibly versatile!

SUPPLIES

Bracelet 6 3⁄4 in. (17.1 cm)

  • 32 mm rhinestone navette and prong setting 
  • 2 10 mm oval rhinestones and prong settings 
  • 4 8 mm cube crystals
  • 4 6 mm round pearls
  • 6 6 mm two-hole tile beads
  • 8–12 6 mm two-hole brick beads
  • 20–24 3 mm round beads
  • flexible beading wire, .014 or .015
  • 4 crimp beads
  • toggle clasp
  • chainnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • crimping pliers (optional)

Supplies from Eclectica, eclecticabeads.com. Rhinestones also available from Dreamtime Creations, dreamtimecreations.com. Check your local bead store for supplies. 

INSTRUCTIONS

April birthstone Rhinestone bracelet 1
Step 1
Place a navette in a prong setting. Using chainnose pliers, gently bend a prong inward. Bend the remaining prongs inward. Set two oval rhinestones in settings. Cut two 13-in. (33 cm) pieces of beading wire. Center the navette setting on the wires.
April birthstone Rhinestone bracelet 2
Step 2
On each side of the navette, on each wire, string a 3 mm round bead, a cube crystal, a pearl, and the corresponding hole of an oval setting.
April birthstone Rhinestone bracelet 3
Step 3
On each side, on each wire, string: the corresponding hole of a tile bead, 3 mm, tile, 3 mm, tile. String a 3 mm and three brick beads, repeating until the strand is within 1 in. (2.5 cm) of the finished length.
April birthstone Rhinestone bracelet 4
Step 4
On each wire, string a crimp bead. On each side, over both wires, string half of a toggle clasp. Go back through the last few beads strung and tighten the wire. Crimp the crimp beads and trim the excess wire.
April birthstone Rhinestone bracelet b
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