Single-Strand Necklace and Earring Set with Black Onyx Gemstone Beads, Swarovski® Crystal Beads and Cubic Zirconia and Sterling Silver Pendants

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

Black onyx jewelry is great for everyday style and flattering to all. This simple yet intriguing stringing pattern is visually pleasing with its symmetrical balance. The eye is naturally drawn to the faceted cubic zirconia teardrop pendant that's rich in color and brilliance.

The cubic zirconia half-drilled faceted teardrop beads that Fire Mountain Gems and Beads offers are precisely cut and designed to imitate other quality gemstones. The necklace pendant is easily created using a pendant component with a cup and peg for a custom design. Simply add the half-drilled cubic zirconia teardrop to the cup with peg and secure with G-S Hypo Cement. The pendant component has a beautiful flower design with sparkling cubic zirconia for extra shine and shimmer.

The dangle earrings are attention-getting with the wire-wrapped faceted Swarovski teardrop pendants. The fishhook ear wires feature a hand-cut black onyx diamond shape detailing for a sophisticated look. Additional embellishment is cleverly created using links with a cup and peg to add half-drilled onyx gemstone beads.

There's more than just great style with black onyx. Black onyx is known as one of the most powerful protection stones, helping to prevent the drain of personal energy and repelling negative energy. Onyx is believed to help provide emotional and physical strength, especially during times of stress, confusion or grief.

Black onyx is back, taking a front and center position in jewelry fashion. Add this stunning design to jewelry lines and your own fashion wardrobe for on-trend style and easy sales.

Black Onyx Gemstone Beads
Cubic Zirconia Beads and Components Swarovski Crystal Beads and Components Fishhook Earring Findings


Inject a small amount of G-S Hypo cement® into the hole of a half-drilled cubic zirconia teardrop. Place the hole of the teardrop onto the peg of a pendant with cup and peg and hold for a few seconds. Set aside to cure.
Cut an 18-inch length of Accu-Flex® professional-quality beading wire.
String a crimp and an Accu-Guard™ wire protector onto the beading wire. 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, trim the excess wire and add a crimp cover.
String the following onto the beading wire 30 times:
  • Five 2mm black onyx rounds
  • One crystal clear 3mm round
String five additional black onyx rounds
String the bail of the pendant created in Step 1 onto the beaded strand.
Repeat Step 3 to secure the strand.
Use a 4mm jump ring to add a lobster claw clasp to one end of the beaded strand.

Add a 6mm jump ring to the opposite end.


Inject a small amount of G-S Hypo cement® into the hole of a half-drilled 6mm black onyx round. Place the hole of the round onto the peg of a link with cup and peg and hold for a few seconds. Set aside to cure.

Repeat to add a black onyx round to a second link.
Cut two 3-inch lengths of 21-gauge wire.
String a crystal clear 15x7.5mm teardrop onto a length of wire then create a briolette-wrapped loop.

Repeat to create a second drop.
Use 4mm jump rings to attach one ear wire, one embellished link and one briolette-wrapped drop.

Repeat to complete a second earring.

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