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Design Idea E51J Necklace and Earrings
by Jessie, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

Cord is a timeless trend in fashion. The numerous material choices combined with myriad of color options create endless design opportunities. And unlike other stringing materials that are normally hidden, cord can stand alone as a design element. Read on to explore some of our top cord choices and get your creative wheels turning.

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Leather and leatherette cord has long stood at the forefront of fashion due to its incredible style versatility. One spool of cord can easily be transformed into a variety of jewelry pieces with charms and other accents. For example, the designs below use the same black leather cord but have two distinct looks.

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For Western-style jewelry, bola cord is a must. It's tight weave and soft, smooth texture make a ruggedly stylish addition to any design. Pair this braided cord with bolo tips, slides, and large-hole beads to complete the look.

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Nylon cord may seem simple, but when knotted and woven it can be used to create anything from a stylish belt to a patterned bracelet and much more.

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Survival jewelry is a trend that uses nylon parachute cord in fashionable and functional designs. The idea behind this style is that in a bind, the jewelry can be disassembled, and the parachute cord can be used in a variety of practical ways.

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Waxed cotton cord is both fashion-forward and durable. Easily work this natural cord into knots, from beginner friendly square knots to ornate macramé patterns for gorgeous texture and comfortable jewelry designs.

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Imitation silk cord is another excellent option that can be used for knotting, kumihimo, and creating tassels. With great color options, low-cost spools and solid durability, you can't go wrong. For an extra touch of customization, try coloring cotton and faux silk cord. Dye whole batches or dip-dye designs for the ever-popular ombré effect.

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Soutache (pronounced soo-TASH) is a unique cord that has traditionally been used to conceal seams, embellish clothing, and frame beads and embroidery. It is made of two rows of cording wrapped in polyester with a tight groove down the center, resulting in a flat herringbone look.

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