Making Crystal Jewellry: Opalite and Fluorite Bracelets

I’m not a big wearer of jewellery. If it can’t stay on while I sleep or is slip-on, then I consider it to be too much hassle. I do, however, love my crystals, and they’re the reason I ended up making crystal jewellery last weekend.

It all started when my smoky quartz chip bracelet. Over the bath. While it was full. Yes, I looked a sight with my arse in the air while I tried to fish all those little pieces out from a sea of bubbles. I could have restrung the bracelet with more elastic, but this wasn’t the first one I’ve snapped and I’m not exactly known for my delicate manner (ahem… bull in a china shop!).

Making Crystal Jewellery: Fluorite Bracelet
Fluorite Bracelet

I bought jewellery wire, beads and findings which then sat in a drawer for months and months. The more time I spent at my computer, the less I wore my other chip bracelets because I found that they dug into my wrists as I typed. They were soon abandoned alongside the broken one.

Making Crystal Jewellery: Opalite Bracelet

While we were on holiday earlier this summer we visited a crystal shop which had a good selection of beads. Amongst other things, I picked up 4mm strands of fluorite and opalite beads. All that was left to do was sit down and make everything.

Making Crystal Jewellery: Chip Necklaces

I started with the bracelets because they were going to be single stone and wouldn’t require any forethought. For both the opalite and the fluorite I went with a pattern of seven stones and a single silver bead.

Making Crystal Jewellery: Opalite, Amethys, Lapis Lazuli and Moonstone Chip Necklace
Opalite, Amethyst, Lapis Lazuli and Moonstone

I decided to turn the chip bracelets into necklaces. If I wasn’t going to end up wearing them then there was no point in restringing the broken one. After much discussion with the lovely Helen of Gem Holistics, I separated darker and lighter stones, breaking up each section with some moonstone.

Making Crystal Jewellery: Smoky Quartz, Obsidian, Rhodonite and Moonstone Chip Necklace
Smoky Quartz, Obsidian, Rhodonite and Moonstone

Even though I still can’t do up a lobster clasp (I have to use a piece of wire to hold one side in place) having my crystal jewellery wired up this way makes it so much easier to wear. The bracelets are small enough that I don’t notice them when I’m typing and the necklaces are the grab and go type I hoped for.

I enjoyed making and wearing my new jewellery so much that I’m already planning more creations. Alex and I will be taking a trip to the Rock, Gem ‘n’ Bead Show this weekend which is the perfect excuse to grab more crystals.

If you have any jewellery making tips for me, let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear your thoughts.


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