|Birthstone Necklace Design
This contemporary rendition of the classic, lariat-style necklace is a versatile design that can be worn with a variety of wedding dress styles. Turquoise is the birthstone for December. Use gemstone beads in your corresponding birthstone or cubic zirconia, Celestial Crystal® or Swarovski crystal beads in your birthstone colors. Matching earrings complete the ensemble for a jewelry set you can wear with your wedding dress, honeymoon resort wear, jeans and a tee or a cocktail dress for years to come.
Making the Necklace
Choose two different chain types from delicate to medium. Order the 5-foot packages in the metal or metals of your choice (NOTE: silver typically works best for cool tones and gold for warm tones, though most birthstones are compatible with either color), and cut two 3-inch segments using your wire cutters. Cut two more segments two inches in length. Continue cutting 2-inch segments until all chain has been cut.
Cut a 3- to 4-inch section of dead-soft, 26-gauge wire and make a wrapped briolette loop around a gemstone teardrop or briolette bead. String on a cone bead and attach to the 3-inch chain length with a simple loop.
Using 2-inch, 21-gauge eyepins, string on a rondelle spacer bead (4mm recommended), a round gemstone bead (6mm recommended) and another spacer bead. Attach one end of the eyepin to the 3-inch length of chain segment and the other to a 2-inch length of chain. Repeat until the necklace is complete. There should be a teardrop with cone bead dangle on each end and a round bead with spacer rondelles after every two-inch length of double-strand chain.