Beading / Jewelry

Southwestern Turquoise Beaded Necklace

By  Terry Ricioli 

Ceramic beads with a hint of turquoise combine with yellow jasper and antiqued copper to evoke Southwestern vistas.

  • Southwestern Turquoise Beaded Necklace


  • Brown/blue flat ceramic beads: rectangle, 24x30mm; ovals, 12x17mm, six
  • Yellow jasper rounds, 6mm, 16
  • Tierra Cast copper-plated pewter spacers: Celtic large-hole, 8mm, two; beaded spacers, 6mm, two, 5mm, two; plain heishi, four
  • Tierra Cast antique copper-plated: pewter hammertone cones, 8mm, two; crimp beads, two; beads, 2mm, three
  • Antique copper findings: jump rings, 6mm, two; toggle clasp
  • Copper beading wire, .019, 12” length
  • Antique copper cable chain, 5” lengths, two
  • Turquoise leather suede lace, 4mm, 7” length


  • Wire cutters
  • Pliers: crimping; chain-nose, two pairs
  • Beading wire, scrap

Basic Supplies

  • scissors, ruler
  • Size
  • 1. Size is 18" with 3" dangle.
  • Necklace
  • 1. Fold scrap of beading wire in half to create loop; thread it through large-hole spacer, ceramic rectangle, and other large-hole spacer. Thread leather through loop in beading wire. Use beading wire to pull leather through beads leaving 1/4" loop of leather. Line up ends of leather; tie overhand knot beneath last spacer. Trim ends of leather.
  • 2. Use jump ring to attach half of clasp to 5" chain length. Measure and cut 12" copper wire length. String one crimp bead and other end of chain on wire. Pass wire back through crimp bead and crimp using crimping pliers.
  • 3. String one cone (point first), five jasper rounds, 5mm spacer, ceramic oval, heishi spacer, ceramic oval, heishi spacer, ceramic oval, 6mm spacer, three jasper rounds, and copper beads on wire. Slide ceramic rectangle assembly from Step 1 over copper beads; repeat beading in reverse. String cone (large end first), crimp bead, and end of other piece of chain on wire. Pass wire back through crimp bead and crimp. Trim wire and hide end under cone.
  • 4. Use jump ring to attach other half of clasp to end of chain.
  • Tip
  • 1. For another variation, use turquoise beads instead of yellow jasper with gold suede lace.