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Pearl and Crystal Choker

Pearl and Crystal Choker


About This Design

Time:  Approximately 1- 2 hours

Level of Difficulty:  All Levels 

Cost: Varies, depending on materials selected.  Approximately $20-25 as shown.

Simple, elegant, and sophisticated pearls are always right for special occasions.  This design is perfect for bridal jewelry.  Freshwater pearls come in every possible range of colors.  Also, Swarovski makes glass pearls and they are a very nice alternative and come in very uniform shapes and sizes.  This necklace is hand-knotted on silk thread.

TIP - For wedding jewelry, make this necklace in colored pearls for matching the bridesmaids dresses.  Match or contrast the silk thread for more interest.

Want to learn how to make this necklace, or a variation of it for yourself?  Let's get started!


Step 1

Gather Supplies

Notes:  Decide how long you want your handcrafted necklace to be.   I went for a shorter choker length, but attached an extender chain so it can be worn up to 16 inches long.  If you are making a custom choker as a gift, measure the neck and make the necklace an exact fit, or use an extender chain to ensure a good fit.  This is especially important if you are trying to get a certain look to work with the neckline of a wedding gown.

  • 1 strand of freshwater pearls in choice of colors.  I used pinkish colored pearls in my design. Freshwater pearl beads
  • 5 Swarovski crystals in clear crystal AB or choice of colors
  • 1 2-inch length of extender chain.  I used bulk sterling silver cable chain.
  • 2 clamshell bead tips
  • jewelry adhesive or hypo cement
  • 1 card of fine silk thread.  I used Griffin silk cord, pale pink, size 4. Silk Beading Cord  
  • 1 headpin for extender chain bead drop
  • 1 clasp of choice.  I used a sterling silver lobster claw clasp.

 Pearl and Crystal Choker

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Step 2

Assemble extender chain

Thread a pearl bead onto a  headpin.  Make a closed wire loop at the top, attaching it to one end of your extender chain.    If you need help wire wrapping a loop, just follow these instructions.

Pearl and Crystal Choker


Step 3

Thread and knot beads onto cord

You will be following my instructions for knotting cord and stringing beads.  Start by removing all the cord from the card.  Insert the needle through the hole of a clamshell bead tip, and knot one end with a regular overhand knot.  Add some glue and cut off the end after it has thoroughly dried.  

TIP - If you are concerned that the knot is too small and it might pull through the hole, you can always knot a tiny seed bead into place as it will be covered with the clamshell tip once it is closed.

Begin by stringing a pearl, and making a knot (be sure to pull the knot tight up against the pearl using either pliers, an awl, or any other pointy tool such as a headpin).  Repeat until you reach the center of your design, where you will alternate a crystal, pearl, crystal for all five of your crystals. Use a ruler or a bead design board so you can tell where to start the crystal beads.

Pearl and Crystal Choker

Pearl and Crystal Choker

Pearl and Crystal Choker

Step 4

Attach the clasp and extender chain

At the final end, string thread0 through the bottom of clamshell tip, and tie a knot.  Use your tool to hold the knot in place while you snug the final bead up close against the clamshell bead tip.  Add some cement to the knot for added security.  

Use your pliers to gently squeeze each clamshell closed around the knots.

Use your pliers to gently close the hook on the end to attach your lobster clasp, and extender chain to either end of your choker.  Don't just smash the hook end of the clamshell closed, but grasp the tip of the hook with your pliers and smoothly round it over and closed.

Pearl and Crystal Choker

 That's it.  Your great new choker is ready to wear!

Pearl and Crystal Choker

Matching Jewelry Set

This necklace looks great with other pearl and crystal jewelry.  Try these additional designs.

Pearl and Crystal Earrings

Pearl and Crystal Earrings





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