Pearls of Wisdom

Wedding project ideas and style how-tos for brides, bridal jewelry designers and wedding planners.

 Beachy Elegance 

by Laura BlackFeather, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

Attention destination brides: this multi-strand necklace design exudes elegance while incorporating the elements of the sea, fitting for beach-themed and destination weddings. Using classic rice pearls in two different sizes, and a dynamic combination of gold- and silver-plated chain with an iridescent gold-accented shell centerpiece, this luxurious looking piece will capture attention and keep well within your wedding jewelry budget.

Using basic stringing techniques, the only skills required for this project are opening and closing jumprings to attach chain, and using crimp tubes to secure the ends of the pearl strands (use the resource links below for complete instructions).

Here's how

First Strand
Using a multi-strand clasp in the metal color of your choice, attach a strand of Accu-Flex® beading wire to the bottom loop with a 2x2mm crimp tube. Cut to your desired length for the top strand and string on small-sized cultured freshwater rice pearls. Midway through the strand, string on the shell focal component. Continue stringing the rice pearls and attach to other end of the clasp, measuring carefully so the shell focal is centered on the strand.

Second Strand
The second strand will be a combination of gold and silver chain. Measure equal lengths of both, approximately 2 to 3 inches longer than your first pearl strand. Use gold jumprings to attach the gold chain to each of the second loops on either side of the clasp, and silver jumprings to do the same for the silver chain. Both strands should be attached to the same loop on each side of the clasp.

Third Strand
Measure another length of beading wire approximately 2 to 3 inches longer than your second strand of double chain. Attach one end to a loop of the clasp with a crimp tube and string on medium-sized cultured freshwater rice pearls. Continue stringing to your desired length and attach to the other end of the clasp with a crimp tube.

Fourth Strand
Cut equal lengths of gold and silver chain approximately 2 to 3 inches longer than your third strand and attach to either end of the clasp using jumprings in matching metal colors like you did for the second strand.

Fifth Strand
Measure a length of beading wire approximately 2 to 3 inches longer than the fourth strand and attach to one end of the clasp with a crimp tube. String on small-sized rice pearls and attach to the other end of the clasp using a crimp tube.

The result is a magical piece of jewelry art your guests will marvel over and you will find excuses to wear with everything long after the honeymoon.

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