Single-Strand Necklace and Earring Set with Lapis Lazuli Beads, Antique Silver-Plated Brass Beads and Stainless Steel Bead Caps

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

Lapis Lazuli brings a rich history and regal blue hue to jewelry lines as seen in this week's featured tassel necklace and dangle earring set. Lapis jewelry pairs well with anything from jeans and a t-shirt to formal dresses, with its captivating blue color. This 22-inch tassel necklace is the perfect addition to boho-inspired fashion statements, complementing flowy blouses and sheath dresses for on-trend style.

The lightweight filigree teardrop pendant adds intricate detailing to the tassel necklace, showcasing complex swirls, curlicues, dots, geometric shapes and floral accents. Bead caps are brilliantly used to highlight the Lapis beads and add additional texture and visual interest to the design.

The best part of this creation is the clever addition of the emerald AB2X Swarovski crystal bicones, resembling the flash of diamonds nestled within the Lapis beads. This sparkling surprise makes this jewelry design appear to dance in the sunlight.

The symmetrical necklace and dangle earrings are simple to string and comfortable to wear. This design is right on trend color and style wise for a winning combination. See for yourself why Lapis deserves to be included in every jewelry line and make this design your own with the FREE step-by-step instructions.

Lapis Lazuli Round Beads
Antique Silver-Plated/Finished Beads Swarovski Crystal Bicone Beads 6mm Filigree Round Chain

Necklace

Creating the Focal Component

STEP 1
String onto a 3-inch head pin:
  • One emerald AB2X 3mm Xilion bicone
  • One lapis lazuli 8mm round
  • One emerald AB2X 3mm Xilion bicone
  • One lapis lazuli 4mm faceted round
  • One emerald AB2X 3mm Xilion bicone
  • Five lapis lazuli 4mm faceted rounds
Form a simple loop. Repeat to create a total of five drops.
STEP 2
String onto a 3-inch head pin:
  • One emerald AB2X 3mm Xilion bicone
  • One lapis lazuli 8mm round
  • One 10x9mm round filigree bead cap
  • One emerald AB2X 3mm Xilion bicone
  • One 35x15mm filigree teardrop bead
Form a simple loop.
STEP 3
Attach each drop from Step 1 to each loop on the bead cap. Set the focal component aside.

Creating the Necklace

STEP 4
Cut one 20-inch length of Accu-Flex® professional-quality beading wire and two 3-inch lengths of beaded filigree chain.
STEP 5
String onto the length of 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 on the end. Crimp then trim the excess from the short end of the beading wire. Finish with a crimp cover.
STEP 6
String onto the beading wire:
  • Seven sets of:
    • One lapis lazuli 4mm faceted round
    • Three lapis lazuli 2mm faceted rounds
  • Three sets of:
    • One emerald AB2X 3mm Xilion bicone
    • One lapis lazuli 4mm faceted round
  • One lapis lazuli 4mm faceted round
  • Three sets of:
    • One lapis lazuli 4mm faceted round
    • One emerald AB2X 3mm Xilion bicone
  • One lapis lazuli 8mm round
  • One emerald AB2X 3mm Xilion bicone
  • One lapis lazuli 4mm faceted round
  • One emerald AB2X 3mm Xilion bicone
  • One 10x9mm round filigree bead cap (closed end first)
  • Two lapis lazuli 8mm rounds
  • One emerald AB2X 3mm Xilion bicone
  • One 13x12mm fancy saucer
  • One emerald AB2X 3mm Xilion bicone
  • Two lapis lazuli 8mm rounds
  • One 10x9mm round filigree bead cap (open end first)
STEP 7
String the finished focal component from Step 3 onto the beading wire then repeat Step 6 in the opposite direction.

Repeat Step 5 to finish the strand.
STEP 8
Pass one 6mm round jump ring through one half of the toggle clasp and one end of a length of chain then close. Pass one 6mm jump ring through the opposite end of the length of chain and one Accu-Guard.

Repeat on the opposite end of the strand to complete the necklace.

Earrings

STEP 1
String onto a 1-inch head pin: one emerald AB2X 3mm Xilion bicone, one lapis lazuli 8mm round and one 10x9mm round filigree bead cap then form a simple loop.

Repeat to create a second drop.
STEP 2
String onto an eye pin: three lapis lazuli 4mm faceted rounds, one emerald AB2X 3mm Xilion bicone and one lapis lazuli 4mm faceted round then form a simple loop.

Repeat to create a second link.
STEP 3
Attach one drop to one end of one link (the end with the three faceted rounds). Attach one ear wire to the opposite end of the link.

Repeat to create a second earring.

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