Bracelet with Swarovski Crystal Beads and Sterling Silver Beads

A Gift for Mom


It may seem like Mother's Day is a recent addition to the lineup of celebrated national holidays, but the idea of celebrating motherhood is a time-honored tradition that can be traced back to the most ancient of days. The actual day of celebration varies in many parts of the world with the most common month being May. Other months include March and April, featuring a Mothering Sunday celebrated in countries such as the UK and Ireland.

In ancient Greece, Rhea the goddess mother of deities was held in honor, while ancient Romans celebrated the goddess mother Cybele. In Celtic traditions, the goddess Brigid is connected to the celebration of mothers. Mothers are something that each person has in common--no matter how different we may all be, we wouldn't be here without one. Surrogate and adopted mothers that take on the task of nurturing hold a deep and special place in the hearts of their children.

Folks get real creative when it comes to showing mom how much they care. It seems that from a very early age we are shown how and encouraged to make something special to put a sparkle in our mother's eyes when we hand them an art project gift and say "I made this for you, Mom." That enthusiasm and desire to show mom we care never really goes away. Some people send flowers, some make dinner and some make mom queen for the day, but here at Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®, we like to make our mothers fantastic jewelry with only the finest ingredients that convey "I love you Mom, you're worth it!"

Enjoy treating your mother by putting that sparkle in her eye with a Mother's Day bracelet that incorporates sterling silver beads and beautiful sparkling Swarovski cube beads with fine AB finishes in the birthstone colors of herself and her children. Here is a chart showing birthstone selections for Swarovski crystal colors that best simulate the traditionally recognized birthstones.

STEP 1
Measure and cut one 12-inch length of Accu-Flex® professional-quality beading wire. Thread on one crimp bead and one sterling silver seamless bead. Pass the beading wire through both ends of a wire protector and back through the sterling silver seamless bead and the crimp bead. Gently pinch the wire protector tips closer with the bent-nose pliers. Pull the Accu-Flex® snug so that there is no slack between the sterling silver bead and the wire protector. Holding the Accu-Flex® tight in the wire protector loop, crimp the crimp bead with the crimping pliers. Using the side-cutters, clip the Accu-Flex® tail as close as possible to the crimp bead. Using the bent-nose pliers, close a crimp cover bead over the crimped crimp bead.
STEP 2
Thread on one 4x3mm sterling silver rondelle and one sterling silver seamless round. Repeat six more times for a total of seven sets.
STEP 3
Thread the birthstone colors in the following pattern: one bicone, one 4x1mm rondelle, one cube bead, one 4x1mm rondelle and one bicone bead. Separate each birthstone color set with a 4x3mm sterling silver rondelle. Follow this pattern with fuchsia AB bicones and a light amethyst AB cube, crystal AB rounds and a crystal AB cube, satin Siam bicones and a Siam cube, peridot AB2X bicones and a peridot AB cube and sapphire AB2X bicones with an aquamarine AB cube.
STEP 4
Thread the rest of the bracelet by stringing on one sterling silver seamless round and a 4x3mm sterling silver rondelle. Repeat six more times for a total of seven sets.
STEP 5
Finish the bracelet by threading on a crimp bead and a sterling silver seamless round. Pass the Accu-Flex® through both ends of a wire protector and back through the sterling silver seamless bead and the crimp bead. Gently pinch the wire protector tips closer with the bent-nose pliers. Pull the Accu-Flex® snug so that there is very little slack between the sterling silver bead and the wire protector. Holding the Accu-Flex® tight in the wire protector loop, crimp the crimp bead with the crimping pliers. Using the side-cutters, clip the Accu-Flex® tail as close as possible to the crimp bead. Using the bent-nose pliers, close a crimp cover bead over the crimped crimp bead.
STEP 6
Using the bent-nose pliers, open a jumpring and pass it through the loop end of the lobster claw clasp and the loop of one wire protector. Close the jumpring. Trim any exposed wire with an acculon wire nipper.

Design Tip: To help elderly mothers and grandmothers enjoy wearing their new bracelet, consider attaching a one-inch safety catch chain with jumprings and opting for a magnetic clasp to make putting on and taking off easier for arthritic hands.

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