Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace Tutorial

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

I think it’s no secret that Rose Quartz is one of my favorite gemstones.  For starters, I love pink.  I also love that Rose Quartz symbolizes friendship and love.

And have you seen the top 10 colors from Pantone for Spring?  Rose Quartz is the actual name of the first one!

So obviously, it’s time to use some Rose Quartz to make some jewelry.

Today’s tutorial comes to you thanks to my favorite online bead store, Happy Mango Beads.  And while I’m using Rose Quartz, you can substitute any of their other lovely gemstones if pink isn’t your thing!

There are a few different components in this necklace that you could actually use separately in different ways or even alone.  The big rose quartz pendant in the middle would be quite stunning alone on a chain, for example.

So grab your tools and get your rose quartz ready and here we go!

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Tools and Materials:

Step #1

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Before we get started, make a mark on your round nose pliers with a sharpie.  It doesn’t matter where exactly where you place the mark; just that you use the mark to make your wire wrapped loops throughout the project so they are uniform.

Step #2

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

First I’ll show you how to make the wire wrapped bead links with the big chunky rose quartz beads.

Cut approximately 10 inches of wire.

Step #3

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Hold the wire in round nose pliers about 2 1/2 inches from the top.

Step #4

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Wrap the short end around one barrel of round nose pliers.

Step #5

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Take the wire off your round nose pliers.  Hold the loop in chain nose pliers.

Step #6

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

The loop will be off-center at this point and we want to center it.  To do this I wrap the short end of the wire around the longer one and at the same time pull the longer wire out straight, which centers the loop.

Step #7

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Wrap the wire around two more times.  Keep your wraps straight and close together.

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Hint:  If your wraps are not close, use chain nose pliers to pull them close to each other.

Step #8

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Trim off the excess wire making a flush cut.

Step #9

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Using chain nose pliers, push in the end to make sure it’s not poking out.

Step #10

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Slide on a rose quartz large nugget gemstone bead.

Step #11

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Hold the wire just above the rose quartz with round nose pliers.

Step #12

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Like we did previously, wrap the wire around the pliers forming a loop.

Step #13

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Follow Step #6 to straighten the loop.

Step #14

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Wrap the wire around 2 more times.

Step #15

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Pull the wire down across the bead and then wrap the wire around the wire wraps you did previously a couple times.

Step #16

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Now pull the wire across the other side of the bead and wrap the wire a couple times.

Step #17

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Trim off the excess wire making a flush cut.

Step #18

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Use chain nose pliers to make sure the end is not poking out.

Step #19

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Repeat all the steps to create 4 wire wrapped bead links with the rose quartz large nugget gemstone beads.

Step #20

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Now we’ll make the pendant.  It’s very similar, but a little bit different because we only need one wire wrapped loop.

Cut a piece of wire approximately 10 inches long and follow Steps #2 – #10 to form a wire wrapped loop.  Slide a large quartz nugget gemstone onto the wire.

Step #21

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Pull the wire back up across the bead.

We’ll just have wire on one side of the bead, so choose which side you would like to have as the front.

Step #22

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Wrap the wire around the previous wraps you made a few times.

Step #23

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Trim off the excess wire making a flush cut and make sure the end is not poking out.

Step #24

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

The final component of this necklace are plain wire wrapped bead links with the smaller rose quartz nuggets.

These are very similar to the wire wrapped bead links we made previously, but these will not have the wire across them.

Cut a piece of wire about 6 inches long.

Step #25

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Follow Steps #3 through #10 to form a wire wrapped loop on one end of the wire.

Slide on a smaller rose quartz nugget gemstone bead.

Step #25

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Hold the wire in round nose pliers just above the bead.  Wrap around a barrel of round nose pliers forming a loop.

Step #26

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

The loop will be off-center at this point and we want to center it.  To do this I wrap the short end of the wire around the longer one and at the same time pull the longer wire out straight, which centers the loop.

Step #27

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Wrap the wire around two more times.

Step #28

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Cut off the excess wire making a flush cut.

Step #29

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Use chain nose pliers to make sure the end isn’t poking out.

Step #30

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

To make a 24 inch necklace you’ll need 18 plain wire wrapped bead links.

Step #31

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Lay out your design.

Note:  In this photo I have extra plain wire wrapped bead links.  I decided to make my necklace shorter, so I used less.

On one side line up the four large nugget gemstone bead links.  On the other side make 2 lines of 6 each of the smaller bead links.

At the end of the 2 sides add 3 plain wire wrapped bead links.  (Like I said, I have 6 on each side in the photo, but decided to make the necklace shorter.  You can, of course, make your necklace any length you like.)

Step #32

Open jump rings

Open 23 jump rings.

Need help opening and closing jump rings?  Click here.

Step #33

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Now we’ll put together all the pieces using jump rings.

Starting in the middle with the pendant, add 2 of the smaller wire wrapped bead links and the pendant to a jump ring and close it.

Step #34

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Attach the first large wire wrapped bead link with another jump ring to the first jump ring.

Then continue using jump rings to connect the bead links to each other.

Step #35

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

When you come to the end of the 2 strands of the smaller plain wire wrapped bead links, add a jump ring to attach the last beads together and then add the next plain wire wrapped bead link.

Then continue adding bead links.

Step #36

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Add the pewter toggle clasp to the ends.

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Ways to customize this necklace:

  • Use any gemstone that you like!
  • Use any metal that you like for the wire.
  • Instead of asymmetry, use 4 of the large nugget gemstone beads on each side.
  • I used a very monochromatic color scheme here using all rose quartz, but you could mix up the gemstones.
  • Make just the pendant and hang it from a chain or cord.

Now it’s your turn!  Make your own Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace.  If you want to share what you made, you can upload a photo of what you made in the comments below!

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace
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6 thoughts on “Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace Tutorial

  1. Where do you get the clasp from. I love it. Is it Sterling Silver or Pewter? I wish they would make larger clasps but for this project it is fine.

    Oh by the way, I do use Happy Mango. Love this company. Sold quite a few things from them.

    Have you ever created something for there competitions?

    • Hi Alida-
      I link to exactly where to get the clasp in the “tools and materials” section. It’s from Happy Mango Beads as well and it’s pewter.

      I’ve never entered any of their competitions, but it sounds like fun!
      Thanks!
      Kim

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