Multi-Strand Bracelet with Gemstone Beads, Swarovski® Crystals and Sterling Silver Beads

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

This bundle of malachite, howlite, sodalite, onyx and garnet gemstone beads with a touch of light Siam Swarovski crystal beads makes a magnificent combination. The beads are beautifully highlighted with sterling silver beaded rondelle spacer beads for a stunning appearance.

All the beads twist and turn well together and are neatly finished into cones with cutout star detailing for a beautiful design. The bracelet is easy to get on and off with its popular toggle clasp closure.

This bracelet can be dressed up or down and pairs well with anything from jeans to a more formal dress. People won't be able to take their eyes off the richness of the beads and the three-dimensional display of this design. Re-create this bundle of gems today--add to jewelry lines and your own fashion wardrobe to make wrists happy.

4mm Round Gemstone Beads
Swarovski Crystal 4mm Round Beads Sterling Silver Beads Sterling Silver Toggle Clasps
Cut two 3-inch lengths of sterling silver 21-gauge wire and three 20-inch lengths of Accu-Flex® professional-quality beading wire.

Form a wrapped loop on one end of each 3-inch length of wire.
String one wrapped loop onto one length of beading wire. String one 2mm crimp onto the ends of the beading wire then pull snug, centering the wrapped loop. Crimp then trim the excess from the short end of the beading wire.

Repeat to attach the other two lengths of beading wire to the wrapped loop.

First Strand

String onto one end of one length of beading wire:
  • Two 2x1mm straight tubes
  • 41 malachite 4mm rounds
  • Thirteen 4x1mm beaded rondelles (String the rondelles sporadically through the malachite rounds in the pattern of your choice.)
  • Two 2x1mm straight tubes
Place a Bead Stopper on the end of the beading wire.
Repeat Step 3 using the remaining lengths of beading wire, replacing the malachite beads with the following beads:
  • 48 garnet 4mm rounds and 16 beaded rondelles
  • 39 matte black onyx 4mm rounds and 15 beaded rondelles
  • 37 white magnesite 4mm rounds and 13 beaded rondelles
  • 36 sodalite 4mm rounds and 12 beaded rondelles
  • 40 light Siam shimmer 4mm rounds and 13 beaded rondelles
Loosely braid the lengths of beading wire together.

Tip: You may want to add or remove beads from each strand so the ends are fairly even at the end of the braid.
Remove the Bead Stopper from one strand then string a 2mm crimp and the second wrapped loop. Pass the beading wire back through the crimp. Pull the beading wire so the crimp is close to the wrapped loop. Crimp then trim the excess from the short end of the beading wire.

Repeat to attach each length of beading wire to the wrapped loop.
String onto the straight end of one wrapped loop: one 13.5x5mm cutout stars cone and one 3mm round then form a wrapped loop.

Pass one 4mm jump ring through the loop on one portion of the toggle clasp and the wrapped loop then close. Repeat to attach a second jump ring creating double jump rings.

Repeat to attach the second portion of the toggle clasp to the opposite end of the bracelet.

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