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Think pink quartz necklace and earrings

Dress it up with a multi-strand necklace, or go the casual route with a single strand! Top it off with some earrings and you've got yourself a winning trifecta.
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Clasp options
Multicolored chain gives you many options when choosing a clasp: You can match the color of the 26-gauge wire or the color of the links at the end of the chain. I could’ve used antiqued brass, silver, chocolate, or copper — or even rose gold (not shown).
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A Pantone palette inspired me to mix honeysuckle and metallic hues.

I’ve always loved pink tourmaline but found it too pricey, so when I spotted these look-alike pink quartz beads, I bought three strands. I tried numerous palettes — lavender, celery green, and pale blue — but didn’t love any of them. I circled back to my original idea: pink and pyrite. Pyrite’s neutral tones keep pink from being too precious or fancy. For a lightweight option, wire wrap triangles on a funky chain. 

SUPPLIES

multistrand necklace 15 in. (38 cm)

  • 9 16–25 mm triangular pink quartz beads, top drilled
  • 6–8 mm crystal
  • 4–5 13-in. (33 cm) strands 2–3 mm faceted pyrite rondelles
  • 6 3 mm spacers
  • flexible beading wire, .010 or .012
  • 27 in. (69 cm) 26-gauge wire
  • 9–13 in. (23–33 cm) chain, 7–8 mm links
  • 1 1⁄2-in. (3.8 cm) head pin
  • 3 8 mm soldered jump rings
  • 5 5 mm jump rings
  • 4 crimp beads
  • 2 micro crimp beads
  • 6 Wire Guardians
  • 6 crimp covers (optional)
  • hook clasp
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • crimping pliers (optional)

chain necklace 171⁄2 in. (44.5 cm)

  • 9 16–25 mm triangular pink quartz beads, top drilled
  • 6–8 mm crystal
  • 63 in. (1.6 m) 26-gauge wire
  • 18–20 in. (46–51 cm) multi-colored chain, 10–12 mm links
  • 1 1⁄2-in. (3.8 cm) head pin
  • 8–9 mm jump ring
  • 4 mm jump ring
  • lobster claw clasp
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

earrings

  • 6 16–25 mm triangular pink quartz beads, top drilled
  • 18 in. (46 cm) 26-gauge wire
  • 10 4–5 mm jump rings
  • pair of lever-back earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

Pink quartz beads from Rocky’s Design. Gunmetal findings from Fusion Beads, fusionbeads.com. Multicolored chain from Primitive Earth Beads and Chain, pebeads.com. Check your local bead store for supplies. 

INSTRUCTIONS

Multistrand necklace

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1. Cut a 3-in. (7.6 cm) piece of 26-gauge wire. String a triangular bead and make a set of wraps above it. Make a wrapped loop perpendicular to the bead. Make nine triangle units.
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2. Cut a 14–16-in. (36–41 cm) piece of beading wire. Cut three more pieces, each 2 in. (5 cm) longer than the previous piece. On the shortest wire, string 8–10 in. (20–25 cm) of rondelles. Repeat on the remaining wires, stringing each strand 1⁄2–1 in. (1.3–2.5 cm) longer than the previous one.
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3. Cut a 16–19-in. (41–48 cm) piece of beading wire. Center the largest triangle unit.
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4. On each end, string eight to 10 rondelles and the next largest triangle unit. Repeat three times. String rondelles until the strand is 10–13 in. (25–33 cm) long.
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5. On one side of the two shortest rondelle strands, over both wires, string: rondelle, spacer, crimp bead, Wire Guardian, 8 mm soldered jump ring. Go back through the crimp bead and spacer. Tighten the wires and crimp the crimp bead. Trim the excess wire. Attach the remaining pair of rondelle strands to the jump ring. Repeat on the other end of the rondelle strands, checking the drape first; add or remove beads if necessary.
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6. On each end of the triangle-unit strand, string a spacer, a micro crimp bead, a Wire Guardian, and the 8 mm jump ring. Go back through the micro crimp bead and spacer. Check the drape, and add or remove beads if necessary. Tighten the wire and make a flattened crimp. Trim the excess wire. If desired, attach a crimp cover over each crimp.
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7. a) Cut two 2 1⁄2–5-in. (6.4–13 cm) pieces of chain.

b) Open a 5 mm jump ring. Attach the 8 mm jump ring and a chain. Close the jump ring. Repeat on the other side.

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8. Check the fit and trim chain if necessary. On one end, use a 5 mm jump ring to attach a hook clasp and the chain. Repeat on the other end, substituting an 8 mm jump ring for the clasp. Use a 5 mm jump ring to attach the 8 mm jump ring and a 3-in. (7.6 cm) piece of chain.
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9. On a head pin, string a crystal. Make the first half of a wrapped loop. Attach the end link of the chain and complete the wraps.
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Chain necklace
Multicolored aluminum chain provides a casual alternative to the multistrand necklace. 

 

For instructions on making the chain necklace, view our free, downloadable PDF for step-by-step instructions and accompanying photos!
Earrings
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1. For each earring: Following the instructions for step 1 of the multistrand necklace, make three triangle units. Use chainnose pliers to gently twist the loop of the smallest unit so it’s parallel to the bead.
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2. Open a jump ring. Attach the largest triangle unit and close the jump ring. Attach two more jump rings.
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3. Attach another jump ring and the second largest triangle unit. Attach one more jump ring.
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4. Open the loop of an earring wire. Attach the dangle and the smallest triangle unit. Close the loop.
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