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Chunky freshwater pearls make a great feature bead!
Here we have another long necklace that is simply strung on tigertail. We would often knot between each bead with this style of necklace, but by using tiny 15/0 seed beads we get the same effect with a lot less effort. I often won’t use any decorative findings such as caps or spacers when I make a Mala, but in this design the bronze bead caps and daisy spacers add an extra element. We’ve used a tassel for this design, but a gemstone pendant would work equally as well! In terms of length, this necklace has worked out to be about 85cm long, plus the length of the pearl drop and tassel.

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  • How to make a gemstone necklace. Olive Green Jasper & Pearl Long Mala Necklace - Step 1
    Step 1

    This necklace is simple strung on tigertail. Each Picture Jasper cube is spaced with a 15/0 seed bead. Each 8mm Green Jasper is spaced with a 7mm Daisy Spacer. Each pearl has a bead cap either side. Take a look at the photo if you need clarification.

  • How to make a gemstone necklace. Olive Green Jasper & Pearl Long Mala Necklace - Step 2
    Step 2

    We have taken the tigertail down through the middle pearl to create a drop, then through the tassel and back up through the pearl before continuing on. Note: we have trimmed the loop of the tassel so that it sits closely to the pearl drop.

  • Step 3

    The pattern for this design is (from the clasp): 8x Picture Jasper Cube – 3x Green Jasper Round – Pearl – 3x Green Jasper Round – 16x Picture Jasper Cube – 3x Green Jasper Round – Pearl – 3x Green Jasper Round – 16x Picture Jasper Cube – 3x Green Jasper Round – [down through the pearl drop and tassel, and back up through the pearl drop] – 3x Green Jasper Round – 16x Picture Jasper Cube – 3x Green Jasper Round – Pearl – 3x Green Jasper Round – 16x Picture Jasper Cube – 3x Green Jasper Round – Pearl – 3x Green Jasper Round – 8x Picture Jasper Cube.

  • How to make a gemstone necklace. Olive Green Jasper & Pearl Long Mala Necklace - Step 4
    Step 4

    Finish off your necklace using crimps and the clasp of your choice.

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