Designer Teri was inspired to create this piece by a photograph of a long and elegant antique necklace. This kind of necklace is called a sautoir, which is a French term for a long necklace displaying a tassel or other ornament. These types of necklaces were introduced in the early 1900s when silhouettes were becoming more streamlined, but really came into popularity during the 1920s and 30s, thanks to their resonance with the art deco style. With the styles of decades past coming back into vogue, this stylish necklace is perfect for making a dramatic statement in your looks. The modern bride would look especially demure with this accessory dangling from her neck.
Creating the Dangle
Step one: Thread a Swarovski 6mm crystal globe bead in Jet followed by a Swarovski PP18 black mini plastic rondelle with Crystals and a 4mm druk bead in jet matte onto a 20 gauge sterling silver 1-inch eye pin. Add the Swarovski 10.5mm BeCharmed pavé bead with Jet baguette fancy stones onto the eye pin so that the druk bead rests inside the stringing hole. Add another druk bead inside the stringing hole of the BeCharmed bead and then thread on another rondelle and Jet globe. Finish this BeCharmed link with a simple loop. See our Handy Tip for more help on making simple loops. Set this link aside for now.
Step two: Cut a length of jewelry wire approximately six inches long and string on eight Swarovski 4mm round pearls in White followed by a sterling silver 2x2mm crimp tube. Loop these eight pearls around the Swarovski 30mm cosmic ring in Crystal and bring the tail of the jewelry wire through the crimp tube to close the loop. Crimp shut and cover with a sterling silver 3mm sandblasted crimp cover. See our Crimp Tube Handy Tip Video and our Crimp Cover Handy Tip for more instruction.
Step three: Add ten 4mm White pearls to the jewelry wire and then string on one end of the BeCharmed link. Add another ten 4mm White pearls after the link and then add a crimp tube. String on seven 4mm White pearls after the crimp tube and loop them around the Swarovski 20mm cosmic ring in Crystal, bringing the tail of the jewelry wire through the crimp tube. Crimp shut and cover with a crimp cover. Repeat steps two and three, positioning the next strand so that the BeCharmed link rests in between the two lengths of pearls connecting the cosmic rings.
Creating the Necklace
Step one: Thread a Jet globe onto an eye pin, followed by a rondelle and another Jet globe. Finish this Jet globe link with a simple loop. Repeat this step 31 times. Set aside.
Step two: Thread a 4mm White pearl onto an eye pin. Finish this White pearl link with a simple loop. Repeat this step five times. Set aside.
Step two: Cut a length of jewelry wire approximately two inches long. String on a crimp tube, followed by a 4mm White pearl, a Jet globe link and six more 4mm White pearls. Loop the pearls around the 20mm cosmic ring, bringing the tail of the jewelry wire back through the crimp tube. Crimp shut with a crimp cover.
Step three: Open a sterling silver 0.75x5.85mm open jump ring wide and attach it to the other end of the Jet globe link you just added in step two. Add the jump ring around a Swarovski 14mm cosmic ring in Crystal and then close the jump ring. For help opening and closing jump rings, see our Jump Ring Handy Tip Video.
Step four: Add another Jet globe link to the other end of the 14mm cosmic ring using another jump ring. Attach a Beadelle silver-plated crystal pavé round 14mm ring link to the end of that Jet globe link using a jump ring. Add two Jet globe links to the other end of the crystal pavé ring link using two jump rings.
Step five: Cut two lengths of jewelry wire approximately 4 1/2 inches long. Add the jewelry wire to the open end of each of the two jet globe links from the last step using a crimp tube and crimp cover. String ten 4mm White pearls onto each length of jewelry wire and then add a White pearl link so that the loops on each end of the link are strung onto each jewelry wire. Add another ten 4mm White pearls to the jewelry wire and crimp each end shut around a Jet globe link using a crimp tube and crimp cover.
Step six: Attach the open ends of these two Jet globe links to a crystal pavé ring link using two jump rings. Add another Jet globe link to the other end of the crystal pavé ring link using a jump ring. Attach a 14mm cosmic ring to that Jet globe link using a jump ring. Repeat steps four through six four more times to complete the necklace strand.
Step seven: Repeat step two for the other end of the necklace, using the last Jet globe link in your necklace strand in the loop that goes around the 20mm cosmic ring.
Approximate Size: 42 inches and a 5 inch drop Estimated Time:6-8 Hours Difficulty Level:Beginner
Tools & Supplies: Round Nose Pliers with Ergonomic Handle (TOOL-612) German Ergonomic Chain Nose Pliers (TOOL-504) Bead Crimper Tool (TOOL-100) Nipper Tool (TOOL-101) ZambaPro® Jewelry Wire, 49-Strand .012 100-Feet (30.5 Meters) (ZP49-100F-012)
List of Components: Beadelle Silver-Plated Crystal Pavé Round Ring Link, 14mm (FIND-0718, qty 10) Swarovski 4720 PP18 Black Mini Plastic Rondelle with Crystals (4720-BCRY18, qty 34) Swarovski 4139 14mm Cosmic Ring Crystal (4139-CRY14, qty 6) Swarovski 4139 20mm Cosmic Ring Crystal (4139-CRY20, qty 1) Swarovski 4139 30mm Cosmic Ring Crystal (4139-CRY30, qty 1) Swarovski 5810 4mm Round Pearl White (5810-WHITE4, qty 289) Swarovski 5028 6mm Crystal Globe Bead Jet (5028-JET6, qty 66) Swarovski 180301 10.5mm BeCharmed Pavé Bead with Jet Baguette Fancy Stones on Black base (180301-JETBLK10, qty 1) 1-inch Eye Pin, 20 Gauge (Sterling Silver) (SS-EP01, qty 32) Sterling Silver Open Jump Ring - 0.030 x .230 inches (0.75 x 5.85mm) (SS-OJR30-G, qty 40) Sterling Silver 2 x 2mm Crimp Tube (SS-CRM2, qty 26) Sterling Silver 3mm Sandblasted Crimp Cover (SS-CCOV03, qty 26) Druk Bead 4mm Jet Matte (100pc Pack) (DRUKS-MA-JET4, qty 4)
These are fun alternatives to those listed above: Swarovski 4720 PP18 White Mini Plastic Rondelle with Crystal AB Crystals (4720-WCAB18 ) Swarovski 4139 14mm Cosmic Ring Crystal AB (4139-CAB14 ) Swarovski 4139 20mm Cosmic Ring Crystal AB (4139-CAB20 ) Swarovski 4139 30mm Cosmic Ring Crystal AB (4139-CAB30 ) Swarovski 5810 4mm Round Pearl Creamrose (5810-CRMRO4 ) Swarovski 5028 6mm Crystal Globe Bead Crystal AB (5028-CAB6 ) Swarovski 180301 10.5mm BeCharmed Pavé Bead with Crystal AB Baguette Fancy Stones on White Base (180301-CABWHT10 ) Beadelle Gold-Plated Crystal Pavé Round Ring Link, 14mm (FIND-0717 )