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  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Dedicated to Fresh Baked, Lynda”:
    “Nancy, this is another Beautie! Great color contrast--each color sings next to the other. I…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Ocean Tribute”:
    “Khristin, I really like the combination of the pearls, labradorite, and copper--they just play so well…” read »

  • dollladysturg aka Pam
    dollladysturg aka Pam on “Copper Enigma”:
    “Lovely design! The silk shows off the copper and labradorite to it's best advantage.…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “" Goddess Maat "”:
    “Asia, the composition in this necklace is very impressive--masterfully done! The beads are out-of-this-world gorgeous;…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Briolettes”:
    “This pair is striking! Awesome briolettes--and you have such a knack for finding the most…” read »

  • EPBCornell
    EPBCornell on “Cross”:
    “Is that stamped solder on the copper sheet metal? From design concept to execution, this is…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “No Two Are Alike”:
    “These turned out great! The addition of the silk is perfect. Very impressive pair!…” read »

  • A Rozmin
    A Rozmin on “Sand Flower”:
    “I always know that Monica's pieces will teach me somthing new. This piece is no exception.…” read »

  • N Taylor
    N Taylor on “Cross”:
    “I have a saw and have not used since the workshop I bought it at. …” read »

  • N Taylor
    N Taylor on “Copper Enigma”:
    “I like this. Nice feel.…” read »

  • Donnaleigh
    Donnaleigh on “Copper Enigma”:
    “Very cool design-love the intricate wirework with the silk. Lovely, eclectic, bohemian, all my favorites!…” read »

  • N Taylor
    N Taylor on “" Goddess Maat "”:
    “I had no idea but right some professions would not be jewelery friendly. Your work…” read »

  • Beauty Sought Khristin
    Beauty Sought Khristin on “Ocean Tribute”:
    “Hey Monica! I think you and everyone else is right! A trial run is a must!…” read »

  • puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky on “Cross”:
    “I have those same shears. Asia, for tight corners you need a saw, at least…” read »

  • puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky on “" Goddess Maat "”:
    “Asia, you have inspired me to dig out some of my lapis and give it a…” read »

  • Asia
    Asia on “" Goddess Maat "”:
    “Becky is right, I work in IR that means scrubs for 10 hrs. a day and…” read »

  • Asia
    Asia on “Cross”:
    “Beautiful, I love your solder work. I need to get a pair of those sheers. I…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Lovely Lavenders”:
    “I really like the different shades of purple and violet you've paired with the subdued, soft…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Inspired by Sarajo W”:
    “I remember those earrings! This is a lovely rendition of them--simple, but very elegant. …” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Seahorse bracelet”:
    “What a thoughtful gift. Your niece will just love the seahorse charm and the fun,…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Sand Flower”:
    “LOVE the name, LOVE the flower clasp, LOVE your ceramic beads, LOVE the versatility! Did…” read »

  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “Cross”:
    “Beautifully done, and the necklace is perfect with it.…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Recycled, re-designed”:
    “Monica, incredible work as always! I think I would love to join Becky and come…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Moon child”:
    “Love the balance between the moon and star. The blue wire and beads are perfect…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Wired butterflies”:
    “I really like the different colors of wire you used in this one.…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Dragonfly fly away”:
    “This is fantastic work! So beautiful--those beaded wings are amazing! You have a very…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Altered States”:
    “Fantastic idea! Again!! Lynda, you are on a roll! The bead addition is…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Plum Leaves”:
    “This is so beautiful! I really like the leaves paired with the pearls. I…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Silver Slate”:
    “Gorgeous! What beautiful statement pieces you create. The color of this one is beautiful--love…” read »

  • Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc on “Inspired by Sarajo W”:
    “Thanks girls. Becky,that was funny about the unholy alliance. It's like that thing about beets…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Elephant Marching”:
    “I finally got my little elephant too, and he is such nice quality. You've created…” read »

  • Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc on “Cross”:
    “This is beautiful. I'm not advanced enough to know the craft,but I sure do like looking…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Desert Sunset”:
    “Very nice! My favorite part of this necklace is the bumpy lampwork bead that goes…” read »

  • Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc on “Dedicated to Fresh Baked, Lynda”:
    “Thanks so much,ladies. Thanks to Lynda for her inspiration. I lucked out with these stones.they are…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “An Agate Statement”:
    “What a wonderful necklace! Beautiful stones to capture and allure attention. Gemstone sticks are…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Little Black Dress”:
    “Wow, this was a lot of hard work! What results! I really like the…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Mookaite for fall”:
    “Asia, sorry for the late post. This is a great necklace--perfect colors for the upcoming…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Sticks with Stones”:
    “This is a fun piece with the agate sticks. I like how they bring the…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Did I Mention I Like Amazonite”:
    “The pearl cluster is a surprising addition to the Amazonite/Tourmaline beads. What a lovely look…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Metal Lineup”:
    “Kye, I love this version of your bracelet! I can't believe it looks so much…” read »

Elements Necklace

About this design:

Typically, when I make a multi-strand necklace out of gemstones, I like to mix it up and avoid symmetrical patterns. With this design I wanted to use these particular gemstone strands together by color blocking them and graduating the size of he beads on the necklace strands. I am really happy with how it turned out. Gable was even helping me for a bit :-)
Have you tried this with any of your favorite stones?

What you’ll need: (buy products below)

  • 2 32" lengths of medium beading wire
  • 2 4" lengths of 3mm leather lace
  • strand of picture jasper matte irregular cubes
  • 8 sunset dumortierite faceted nuggets
  • 22 sunset dumortierite 8mm round
  • 6 sunset dumortierite 4mm round
  • 9 12mm ruby impression round beads
  • 12 chrysoprase faceted nuggets

Additional Images:

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Lay out your beads using color blocking. Try to mix contrasting color, as well as size, shape and finish (matte, smooth, faceted).
Step 2:
String your 2 strands of beads on heavy beading wire. I use the heavy rather than the medium because of the heavy golden pyrite. Don't crimp the ends to the clasps right away, just tie knots or use a temporary crimp at the end so your beads don't fall off. You want to wait until both strands are strung so that you can lay them next to each other, making sure they lay properly and the the bead placement works.
Step 3:
Once you are happy with the 2 strands, crimp each strand individually to the appropriate part of the toggle clasp.
TIP: The strands will lay nicely next to each other if you string a few 4mm rounds on each end of one or both of the strands.
Step 4:
Wrap a 3mm piece of leather lace around each end pulling snuggly over and around the crimps. Make sure that you can still pull the toggle through the ring before tying the the final knot.

Buy Products from this Design

1 gram $0.95

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Measurements: (approx. 33 pieces)

Chocolate Deertan Leather Lace 3mm
per foot: $0.70

Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Beautiful!!! I especially love Gable’s “war paint” :)

  2. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    This surely is very inspirational. Very good premise and lovely necklace. I like to see metal mixed in sometimes like the wavy brass.

  3. D Foltz
    D Foltz says:

    What a great design.

  4. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Great idea and design! I hope Gable was using washable markers! LOL
    He’s adorable!

  5. Chicky Zee aka Alice
    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Great design!

  6. Lesli M
    Lesli M says:

    WOW! I love everything about this necklace.
    I must say Gable did a good job also. ;)

  7. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Love this mix of shapes and colors. The color blocking technique works so well here, especially with the few pops of the red!

  8. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Oooooo! Love the colors, textures and shapes! The leather lace on the ends is particularly inspired!

  9. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Oh yeah, and the little guy helping is a real cutie!!

  10. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Love the different shapes and colors in this! Gable looks like he is having fun helping you, and coloring his face :)

  11. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    Great design – - symmetrical but very intriguing !

  12. Warped Wire Studio
    Warped Wire Studio says:

    I like this design– very versatile!

  13. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Awesome colors. I love how the 2 strands have the same basic pattern. Lots of interesting shapes and texture.

  14. Ali
    Ali says:

    Thanks everyone! I do love all those stones and the large faceted pyrite works as a great anchor.

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    H Rousseau says:

    I have hundreds of various colors,shapes and types of beads.I will make this necklace with two or three light strands with med.wire and I will use up some of my bead stash which I have way to much of.I really do like this necklace but I have already made over 100 necklaces which are all one of a kind so this necklace is beautiful and I will make it soon.

  16. K Sorenson
    K Sorenson says:

    Hi Ali
    I love this necklace
    Can you tell me where to purchase the bead organizer like you show in Step 1
    And also where to purchase a Loom

  17. Barbara H
    Barbara H says:

    This necklace speaks to me.

  18. Batticat
    Batticat says:

    Just saw this while looking for gemstones. Like it a lot. Thank you for sharing your ideas and techniques. This will help me trying to put a variety of stones in one necklace.

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