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Chunky turquoise necklace

The perfect look for a December birthday!

Come December, I live in layers. To fit into my winter wardrobe, jewelry has to be something I can throw on over a black turtleneck or drapey sweater. This necklace fits the bill! Just connect turquoise and pyrite in one long loop for chic and easy style. 


necklace 36 in. (91 cm) 

  • 16-in. (41 cm) strand 14–18 mm turquoise nuggets
  • 16-in. (41 cm) strand 10–12 mm turquoise chips
  • 16-in. (41 cm) strand 10–12 mm pyrite nuggets
  • 11–13 ft. (3.4–4.0 m) 22- or 24-gauge wire
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters  

Beads from Eclectica, Check your local bead store for supplies. 


Chunky turquoise necklace Step 1
1. Cut a 3-in. (7.6 cm) piece of wire. On one end, make the first half of a wrapped loop. String three or four turquoise chips and make the first half of a wrapped loop. Make 16 to 20 chip units. Make 13 to 16 units with one turquoise nugget and 13 to 16 units with one pyrite nugget.
Chunky turquoise necklace Step 2
2. Attach a chip unit, a turquoise nugget unit, and a pyrite unit, completing the wraps as you go. Repeat the pattern six or seven times.
Chunky turquoise necklace Step 3
3. Attach three chip units, a pyrite unit, two turquoise nugget units, and a pyrite unit. Repeat the pattern two or three times, attaching the final unit to the first chip unit from step 2.
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