Single-Strand Necklace and Earring Set with Druzy Agate Gemstone Beads, Czech Glass Beads and Metal Beads

by Susanne Kathol, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

The electroplated druzy agate beads featured in this jewelry set have a coating that produces the effect of rainbow colors. Each alluring bead offers a soft sparkle from the tiny crystals on their surface that showcases their natural patterns and color variations, making every bead unique. These stunning beads are perfect for one-of-a-kind jewelry designs.

The symmetrical stringing pattern is well-balanced and easy on the eyes. The translucent blue luster Czech glass druk beads are the perfect complement to the druzy agate beads, and glow with a lustrous, marbled, lightly iridescent coating. Czech fire-polished two-toned beads are also used to accentuate the stringing pattern, and their dark grey crystal AB finish is captivating.

The Hemalyke heishi beads add shimmer to the design with their antique color, and beads from TierraCast's "Western Winds" collection add intricate elements inspired by the American Southwest. The antique gold-plated beads add a vintage-inspired beauty to the overall design.

You'll love the versatility of this project, offering customers a 30-inch necklace, 20-inch necklace or wrapped bracelet all-in-one. Wear the earrings and necklace, or earrings and bracelet together for a coordinated set, or separately for many different style options. This design can be dressed up or down for any occasion.

Make this one-of-a-kind jewelry set to brighten jewelry sales and your own fashion wardrobe. You won't believe the beauty of these druzy agate beads and the uplifting effect of their rainbow colors.

Druzy Agate Beads
Czech Fire-Polished Glass Beads Metal Rondelle Beads Hook-and-Eye Clasps

Necklace

STEP 1
Cut one 15-1/2 inch length of Accu-Flex® professional-quality beading wire and four 6-inch lengths of 3mm textured cable chain.
STEP 2
Pass one 4.4mm jump ring through the loop on one portion of the hook-and-eye clasp and the last link on two lengths of chain then close. Attach one 4.4mm jump ring to the last links on the opposite end of the lengths of chain, completing the first extender chain.

Use one 4.4mm jump ring to attach the remaining portion of the hook-and-eye clasp and the last link on the remaining lengths of chain.

Repeat using one 4.4mm jump ring to attach one lobster claw clasp to the opposite end of the lengths of chain, completing the second extender chain.
STEP 3
String onto the beading wire: one crimp and one Accu-Guard™ wire protector. Pass the beading wire back through the crimp. Pull the beading wire so the crimp rests snug against the Accu-Guard leaving approximately 1/4 inch of beading wire to the end.

Crimp then trim the excess from the short end of the beading wire. Finish with a 4mm crimp cover.
STEP 4
String the following onto the beading wire:
  • One 6mm cutout round
  • One 4x1mm heishi
  • One 6mm faceted round
  • One 4x1mm heishi
  • One rainbow 8mm round
  • One 4x1mm heishi
  • One 6mm faceted round
  • One 4x1mm heishi
  • One 6mm cutout round
  • One 4x1mm heishi
  • One rainbow 8mm round
  • One 4x1mm heishi
  • One 10.5x6mm saucer
  • One 4x1mm heishi
  • One 6mm faceted round
  • One 4x1mm heishi
  • One rainbow 8mm round
  • One 4x1mm heishi
  • One translucent blue luster 8mm round
  • One 4x1mm heishi
  • One 8x4mm rondelle
  • One 4x1mm heishi
  • One rainbow 8mm round
  • One 4x1mm heishi
  • One 6mm faceted round
  • One 4x1mm heishi
  • One 10.5x6mm saucer
  • One 4x1mm heishi
  • One translucent blue luster 8mm round
  • One 4x1mm heishi
  • One rainbow 10mm round
  • One 4x1mm heishi
  • One 8x4mm rondelle
  • One 4x1mm heishi
  • One 6mm faceted round
  • One 4x1mm heishi
  • One 10.5x6mm saucer
  • One 4x1mm heishi
  • One rainbow 10mm round
  • One 4x1mm heishi
  • One 10.5x6mm saucer
  • One 4x1mm heishi
  • One translucent blue luster 8mm round
  • One 4x1mm heishi
  • One 8x4mm rondelle
  • One 4x1mm heishi
STEP 5
Continue to string one rainbow 10mm round then repeat Step 4 in the opposite direction.

Repeat Step 3, completing the beaded portion of the strand.
STEP 6
Use one 5.5mm jump ring to attach one lobster claw clasp to the end of one end of the strand.

Attach the remaining 5.5mm jump ring to the opposite end of the strand.
STEP 7
Attach the lobster claw clasp on the (second) extender chain to the 5.5mm jump ring on the beaded strand.

Use the lobster claw clasp on the beaded strand to attach the remaining extender chain, completing the necklace.

Earrings

STEP 1
String the following onto one 3-inch head pin:
  • One 4x1mm heishi
  • One 10.5x6mm saucer
  • One 10mm rainbow round
  • One 10.5x6mm saucer
Form a simple loop.
STEP 2
Use a 5.5mm jump ring to attach one 14mm leverback ear wire to the simple loop.
STEP 3
Repeat Steps 1 and 2 to create a second earring.

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