How to Make Gemstone Bracelets

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Gemstone bracelets are simply what their name implies--bracelets crafted with gemstones. Two primary types of gemstones exists: precious and semi-precious. Precious gemstones are those that are considered the rarest gemstones and are more expensive, such as diamonds, emeralds, rubies and sapphires. Semi-precious gemstones are not as rare or quite as expensive as precious ones and include garnets and aquamarines. You can make gemstone bracelets yourself with the proper jewelry crafting supplies.

Things You'll Need

  • Gemstone beads
  • Beading wire
  • Wire nippers
  • Jewelry clasp
  • Crimping pliers
  • Purchase gemstones beads in any style that you wish; numerous types exist in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors (See Resources). Consider selecting gemstones that complement each other when paired together as well as the cost of the beads you select as well. The type and cut of gemstones can affect their prices, and heavier gemstones might require heavier beading wire.

  • Measure your wrist by wrapping a length of beading wire around it, and cut the beading wire at the appropriate length with the wire nippers. Add an extra inch or two to your wrist measurement to allow for securing the jewelry clasp onto the wire. Consider purchasing a professional brand of beading wire, such as Accu-Flex. Purchase a beading wire that can handle the weight of your gemstones by referring to the beading wire weight chart offered. Generally, stainless steel wire can handle the most weight.

  • Thread one end of the beading wire through the ring of the jewelry clasp, loop the wire around the ring again, and then use the crimping pliers to crimp the wire into place to secure the ring.

  • Thread the gemstones bead onto the beading wire in any pattern that you wish. Plan your beading pattern beforehand if you wish by laying the beads atop a flat surface and playing with the arrangement of them until you are satisfied with your design. A pattern of colors in a repeating order works well.

  • Thread the hook of the jewelry clasp through the end of the beading wire, loop the wire around the hook again, and then use the crimping pliers to crimp the wire into place to secure the hook.

  • Cut any excess wire from the bracelet with the wire nippers, and then clasp the gemstone bracelet around your wrist to test the fit.

Tips & Warnings

  • Add bead spacers, charms and any other additional decorations to your gemstone bracelet to customize it further.
  • Beware of crafting your gemstone bracelet too tight, as it could leave imprints on your skin if it is too tight.

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