Out of This World Tiered Necklace for Perles et Cetera Magazine
by Carmi Cimicata, John Bead Corp Marketing and Social Media Manager
Published Autumn Issue 2017 in French
I have been thinking a lot about our planet lately. Our connection to the sun and the other planets in our solar system are mysteries we have yet to truly unlock. With these thoughts in mind I attempted to create a necklace that would showcase our solar system in a necklace. I felt like I was back in high school as I tried to remember the order of our planets and what their most basic colours were.
The first step was to find beads that would resemble the planets. Happily, my company John Bead Corp has a rather large selection of semi-precious beads. Our solar system has eight “official” planets, which orbit the Sun. I reviewed the planet colours on “Ask an Astronomer” and selected the matching semi-precious beads that would work best on my necklace. Amazonite beads are usually in a mixed color strand. You will find beads that are pale blue to brown with this gemstone. I also used yellow jade for my gold Saturn, red jasper for Mars, agate for orange and white Jupiter and some sodalite for Earth’s white and blue.
The planets, in order of their distance from the Sun, are Mercury (Gray), Venus (pale Yellow), Earth (blue and white), Mars (reddish brown), Jupiter (orange and white bands), Saturn (pale gold), Uranus (pale blue) and Neptune (pale blue). This printed solar system became my template. I did not want too much empty space in the middle of my piece, so I went with five strands instead of eight.
I chose a pretty yellow jade pendant for my sun. I knew the first strand on this tiered necklace needed to be centered properly with a focal piece. I used a good beading wire to create all five unique tiers. Once the first tier was measured and the pendant was in place, I was able to set all the planets in locations similar to how they looked on my printed solar system map.
My rough measurements for strand lengths did not help. I quickly realized my strands were going to need tweaking and I had to “eyeball” each tier.
Since I needed to see where each “planet” would be set it was easier to set aside my ruler and use my own judgment for the right lengths. In order to ensure that each tier would hang properly I needed to cut slightly longer lengths of stringing wire so I could add or subtract wire depending on where my planets were. Taping my tiers was a very helpful part of the process.
When I figured out where a planet needed to be, I marked my wire, set a crimp in place and flattened it. Then I strung my bead and placed and flattened a second crimp to keep it secure on the wire. For tier two, I only had one bead to set.
I finished both ends of each wire with an Ez-Crimp. I taped each tier to my board to keep the strands sorted and the wire properly shaped.
I used jump rings to attach all my finished tiers to five-hole coupling bars. A lobster clasp and jump ring completed the necklace. It was fun and relaxing to get all the beads set. I started to get really good at flattening my crimp beads too!
I think my finished necklace does indeed resemble our solar system!
(P.S. I thought long and hard about adding Pluto, even though it isn’t considered a planet anymore. I might just attach a small dangling bead to represent it.)
Semi Precious Yellow Jade Pendant
Semi Precious Round Beads for the eight planets
Beadalon EZ-Crimp Ends, Gold
Beading Wire – Softflex Medium Flex Wire
5 strand coupling bars
Small Jump rings
Lobster Clasp and Large Jump Ring
Japanese Style Side Cutter Pliers
Econo Flat Nose Pliers to open and close jump rings
Crimping Plier to attach Easy Crimps to wire
Needle nose plier to flatten crimps
Blue Goldstone is a man-made stone. Its sparkle comes from flecks of copper. They say that Blue Goldstone is a helpful aide for children who are afraid of the dark. Goldstone, like diamond, is a good deflector of unwanted energies, and is highly regarded in the spirit realm as a protection mineral. “Called the Stone of Ambition, it is said that Goldstone will assist in attaining one’s goals. In keeping one’s emotions stable and calm, this energy generator revitalizes one’s personal energy field, building confidence, courage, a positive attitude and promotes vitality.” Our blue goldstone strands are linked here.
“The Hamsa Hand is an ancient Middle Eastern amulet symbolizing the Hand of God. In all faiths it is a protective sign. It brings its owner happiness, luck, health, and good fortune. The hamsa hand has a wide variety of different spellings which includes hamesh, hamsa, chamsa, and khamsa.”
Our TierraCast hamsa charms are linked here.
In the current issue of Perles et Cetera, a premier French publication for jewelry makers, we have a new semi precious project step by step. This is the English translation.
Designed by Carmi Cimicata for John Bead Corp. and Perles et Cetera.
Spelling a word by using gemstones is a style of jewelry called “acrostic.” Similar to acrostic poetry, when the first letter of each sentence creates a word, acrostic jewelry uses the first letter of a gemstone to also create a word. It creates a hidden meanings or messages in the design.
As an example, LOVE in an acrostic jewelry piece might be a Lapis bead next to Opal, next to Verdite next to an Emerald. In England, one of the most popular words to spell out was REGARD, which usually featured Rubies (2), Emerald, Garnet, Amethyst, and Diamond. They also used DEAREST or the name of a person in sentimental jewelry for engagement rings or anniversary gifts. Antique rings, bracelets, brooches and pins featuring unique gemstones may in fact be acrostic jewelry and you would have never known.
Napoleon Bonaparte designed the jewelry that ultimately exposed me to acrostic jewelry. He worked with a jeweller in Paris and always enjoyed marking special occasions with both large and small keepsakes. The Nitot jewellery house became the official jeweller of Napoleon in 1802. (They eventually were renamed the House of Chaumet.) The son of the founder, François Regnault created jewelry, crowns, sword hilts and more for Napoleon, both his wives and his court.
It is the gifts that he created for his second wife Marie Louise that caught my attention. He had the jeweller spell out his birthday, her birthday and their wedding anniversary in three beautiful bracelets. From the moment I saw these bracelets I was enchanted. I can’t think of a more romantic way to memorialize an important day. It becomes a secret between the gift giver and recipient and when worn, a constant reminder of their private celebrations.
Napoleon 15 Aôut 1769
Natrolite, Amethyst, Peridot, Opal, Lapis, Emerald, Onyx, Natrolite 
Agate, Opal, Uranite, Turquoise .
Marie Louise 12 Decembre 1791
Malachite, Amethyst, Ruby, Iris, Emerald, Lapis, Opal, Uranite, Iolite, Sapphire, Emerald 
Diamond, Emerald, Chrysoprase, Emerald, Malachite, Beryl, Ruby, Emerald .
27 Mars 1810, 2 Avril 1810
 Malachite, Amethyst, Ruby, Serpentine , 
Amethyst, Vermeil, Ruby, Iris, Limestone .
Creating an acrostic jewelry piece is a lot less expensive today than the pieces jewellers created in the 1800’s. Designers, jewellers and weekend hobbyists have access to many semi precious stones by simply visiting a local bead store or by placing an order online. Sometimes gemstones are even less expensive than glass or resin. I work for one of the largest distributors of gemstone beads in Canada and we even have an Outlet attached to our warehouse that has many of these strands ready to purchase, at great prices.
For this project I decided to create a set of jewellery that features my own name. It will be a secret just between you and me. People will only notice the pretty gemstones and will never know that it carries significance. I have a plan to create sets of acrostic jewelry for friends and family using their names or special dates. I can’t wait to see the look of surprise when they read the notes I’ll include explaining why I used the gemstones I did for their gifts.
My project began with a review of the Crystal Bible by Judy Hall. I wanted to make a list of gemstones that had first letters linking to my own. The first letter of my name “C” was simple; Carnelian is a favourite. The last letter of my name “I” was a little harder. This letter is usually a descriptor for a gemstone such as Indian Topaz or Iris Opal. I then wrote my first alphabet gemstone-shopping list.
I settled on these strands after reviewing all the possibilities in our semi precious bead category at John Bead.
Carnelian for the C,
Amethyst for the A,
Rainbow Agate for the R,
Mookaite for the M and
Iron Zebra Jasper for I.
Once I knew which gemstones I wanted to use, I started to select the shapes. This took some thinking. Did I want big square beads, rectangles, rough cuts, round or chips? Sometimes having too many options makes designing very difficult. I settled on three shapes; ovals, rondelles and round. I knew that these would work well for a set of jewelry that also included earrings.
I also selected round wood beads for the body of the pieces. Wood is lightweight, fairly inexpensive and would allow me to just use a few semi precious beads per project. My stash of beads to match the alphabet will need to include one or two strands per letter of the alphabet. That means I have twenty-one more gemstones to select to complete my alphabet and the hunt is part of the fun for me!
Last but not least I gathered rhinestone rondelles. Who can resist a little extra sparkle? In the bracelets Napoleon designed, the diamonds and gold created the most beautiful frames. I wanted to bring some of that glamour to these simple stringing projects.
Once my gemstones were in the right order, spelling out CARMI, I made several sets for a necklace, bracelet and two earrings. I used various sizes of stones and spent some time deciding which colours worked best. All gemstones strands have various shades throughout, so I was able to select lighter Mookaite beads and even one that looked marbled. The necklace I strung with bead wire. The bracelet was made with elastic cord and the earrings feature the semi-precious beads stacked on a headpin and added to a pre made earing shape.
My jewelery set is unique, lightweight, sparkly and it was fairly inexpensive to make. Now I just need to decide which family member names I will work with next. Happily, that will mean more trips to the bead store for gemstones!
All products shown are from John Bead Corp.
The birthstone for August is Peridot. It is the official stone of Egypt and is rumored to have been Cleopatra’s gem of choice.
In ancient times, it was believed that the Peridot was a gift of Mother Nature to celebrate the annual creation of a new world. It is thought to contain positive energy and healing properties, especially when gifted. Said to instill power, and influence through the wearing of it. A symbol of fame, dignity, and protection it is associated with spirituality and self-expression.
The green’s intensity and tint depends on the percentage of iron that is contained in the crystal structure. The color of individual peridot gems can vary from yellow, to olive, to brownish-green. A peridot is a gem-quality variety of the mineral olivine. It belongs to the forsterite-fayalite mineral series and is a 6.5-7 out of 10 on the Mohs hardness scale.
John Bead has a limited selection of semi precious peridot beads and chips. We do however, have over 500 items that are a peridot colour.
The Courage Bracelet
The bracelet features Carnelian Semi Precious Beads and Wood.
Carnelian grounds and anchors you in the present reality. A stabilizing stone with high energy, it is excellent for restoring vitality and motivation, and for stimulating creativity. It gives courage, promotes positive life choices, dispels apathy, and motivates for success in business and other matters. Carnelian improves analytic abilities and clarifies perception.
What You Need
- John Bead Corp 8mm Carnelian Semi Precious Beads 27600623-02 (2)
- John Bead Corp 8mm Red Wood Beads 286519-03 (3)
- John Bead Red Cotton Tassel 1543410-09 (4)
- TierraCast Wing Charm 94-2341 (4)
- Beadalon Elastic Cord Needle (1)
- John Bead Stretch Bead Cord 25003000-01
- Jump ring to add wing and tassel
The bracelet featured is considered a “large” size which is 7 1/4 inches long.
You add to your needle: 5 wood beads + 6 carnelian beads + the jump ring with dangles + 6 carnelian beads + 6 wood beads to make a size 7 ¼ wrist size.
Working with a ruler you can add and subtract wood beads. The Beadalon stainless steel elastic cord needle allows you to plan out your design.
Cut a generous amount of stretch cord (elastic) for the stringing part of the project. I used four times the length of my bracelet.
I wanted my elastic to be double thickness so I placed the cord into the threader hook so that I had equal amounts of stretch cord on either side of the loop.
Once the stretch cord was ready I simply pushed my beads off the needle onto the cord.
A good knot holds the bracelet together. You can add a tiny bit of glue to the stretch cord knot for a little extra security.
The Integrity Bracelet
The bracelet features Tiger Eye Semi Precious Beads and Wood.
Tiger’s Eye is a protective stone that was traditionally carried as a talisman against ill wishing and curses. It shows the correct use of power and brings out integrity. It assists in accomplishing goals, recognizing inner resources and promoting clarity of intention.
- John Bead Corp 8mm Tiger Eye Semi Precious Beads 27600615-01
- John Bead Corp 8mm Mahogany Wood Beads 286519-11
- John Bead Light Brown Cotton Tassel 1543410-21
- TierraCast Peace Charm 942293
- John Bead Stretch Bead Cord
- Jump ring to add charm and tassel
The Truth Bracelet
The bracelet features Obsidian Semi Precious Beads and Wood.
Obsidian is a stone without boundaries or limitations. As a result, it works extremely fast and with great power. Its truth-enhancing, reflective qualities are merciless in exposing flaws, weaknesses, and blockages. Nothing can be hidden from Obsidian.
Obsidian is a strongly protective stone, forming a shield against negativity.
- John Bead Corp 8mm Obsidian Semi Precious Beads 27600615-01
- John Bead Corp 8mm Black Wood Beads 286519-02
- John Bead Black Cotton Tassel 1543410-01
- TierraCast Feather Charm 942045
- John Bead Stretch Bead Cord
- Jump ring to add charm and tassel
The Filter Bracelet
The bracelet features Amazonite Semi Precious Beads and Wood.
Amazonite has a powerful filtering action. It blocks the earth’s vibrations, absorbs microwaves and cell phone emanations, and protects against electromagnetic pollution. This is an extremely soothing stone.
- John Bead Corp 8mm Amazonite Semi Precious Beads 27600613-02
- John Bead Corp 8mm Natural Wood Beads 286519-09
- John Bead Turquoise Green Cotton Tassel 1543410-16
- TierraCast Lock Charm 943144
- John Bead Stretch Bead Cord
- Jump ring to add charm and tassel
The Love Bracelet
The bracelet features Pink Quartz Semi Precious Beads and Wood.
Pink (rose) Quartz is the stone of unconditional love and infinite peace. It is calming, reassuring, and excellent for use in trauma or crisis. If you want to attract love, look no further than romantic Rose Quartz.
- John Bead Corp 8mm Pink Quartz Semi Precious Beads 27600614-01
- John Bead Corp 8mm Light Brown Wood Beads 286519-10
- John Bead Turquoise Rosewater Cotton Tassel 1543410-06
- TierraCast Sacred Heart Milagros Charm 942342
- John Bead Stretch Bead Cord
- Jump ring to add charm and tassel
You can read more about the attributes of our 2017 semi precious collection in this PDF.
John Bead Corp does not guarantee the health or physical benefits referenced. This brief summary shares in a light-hearted fashion some of the most popular attributes associated with semi precious stones. You can read and learn a great deal more about these stones in the: THE CRYSTAL BIBLES 1,2,3 – THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO CRYSTALS Written by Judy Hall
Projects by Carmi Cimicata
We have had the opportunity to participate in several Make and Take events with our semi precious beads this spring. (The projects above will be featured in upcoming blog posts.)
There are many wonderful attributes associated with semi-precious gems and crystals. The more you learn about crystals the more confidence you will have in selecting beads to wear or giveaway. Or you can simply enjoy them for the beauty they already radiate.
This is our guide to the 2017 Collection at John Bead.
Amazonite Blue – Amazonite has a powerful filtering action. It blocks the earth’s vibrations, absorbs microwaves and cell phone emanations, and protects against electromagnetic pollution. This is an extremely soothing stone.
African Turquoise – Considered the stone of evolution, African Turquoise brings about great change and transformation within life. Its encouraging energy opens minds to the possibility of newness. It will renew your spirit, energy, and path in life.
Agate Blue – Agates enhance mental function as they improve concentration, perception, and analytical abilities, leading to practical solutions.
Agate Green – Green Agate enhances mental and emotional flexibility and improves decision-making. It is useful in resolving disputes.
Amethyst – Amethyst is extremely beneficial to the mind, calming or stimulating as appropriate. Amethyst enhances memory and improves motivation, making you more able to set realistic goals.
Aventurine Green – Aventurine Green is a comforter and heart healer, and general harmonizer, protecting the heart.
Black Onyx – A powerful protection stone, Black Onyx absorbs & transforms negative energy. Black Onyx aids in the development of emotional & physical strength & stamina, especially when support is needed during times of stress, confusion or grief.
Black Stone – Black gemstones symbolize self-control and resilience. They have protective energies in the sense that black is the absence of light, and therefore, can be used to create invisibility.
Carnelian – Carnelian gives courage, promotes positive life choices, dispels apathy and motivates for success in business & other matters. Carnelian improves analytic abilities and clarifies perception.
Howlite – Howlite is an extremely calming stone. Placed under the pillow, it is an excellent antidote to insomnia, especially when this is caused by an overactive mind. This stone strengthens memory and stimulates a desire for knowledge.
Garnet – Garnet inspires love and devotion. It is said to be able to warn of approaching danger and was long ago carried as a protective talisman.
Jade Canadian – Green Jade is the most common Jade. It calms the nervous system and channels passion in constructive ways.
Jade Australian – A green Jade, it is said this stone instills kindness, goodwill and good luck on the wearer.
Jade Yellow – Yellow Jade or Lemon Jade is energetic and stimulating but with a mellowness, bringing joy and happiness.
Jasper Brecciated – Jasper Brecciated is an excellent aid to keeping your feet on the ground and attaining emotional stability.
Jasper Brown – Jasper Brown, also know as Serpentine or Picture Jasper, is connected to the earth and encourages ecological awareness. As a result, it brings stability and balance.
Jasper Picasso – It is said that this stone has strong metaphysical qualities of grounding and calming. It also known to promote weight loss and assists in the development of creativity.
Jasper Red – Jasper Red or Mahogany Jasper brings problems to light before they become too big and provides insights into the most difficult situations. It makes an excellent “worry bead”, calming the emotions when played with.
Lava Stone – Lava stone or Black Lava is regarded as a symbol of fertility, endurance and strength. It is believed to provide stability in tumultuous times. Because they come from the Earth, it is said that it strengthens our relationship with our planet.
Mookaite – Mookaite Jasper, also know as Australian Jasper, imparts both a desire for new experiences and a deep calm with which to face them. It points out all possibilities and assists in choosing the right one.
Black Obsidian – Black Obsidian is a stone without boundaries or limitations. Its truth-enhancing, reflective qualities are merciless in exposing flaws, weaknesses and blockages. Nothing can be hidden from Obsidian. Obsidian is a strongly protective stone, forming a shield against negativity.
Quartz – Quartz is the most powerful healing and energy amplifier on the planet because of its unique helical spiral crystalline form. Quartz aids concentration and unlocks memory.
Quartz Frosted – When clear Quartz spheres are drilled, their energy flows are disrupted. Frosting the spheres re-establishes and maintains a pure, balanced flow of their energies.
Quartz Grey – Smoky quartz is a very protective and grounding stone. It brings physical and psychic protection. It removes negativity and negative energy of any kind and transforms them to positive energy.
Quartz Pink – Rose or Pink Quartz is the stone of unconditional love and infinite peace. It is calming, reassuring, and excellent for use in trauma or crisis. If you want to attract love, look no further than romantic Rose Quartz.
Sodalite – Sodalite unites logic with intuition and opens spiritual perception, bringing information from the higher mind down to the physical level. As it calms the mind, it allows new information to be received.
Tiger’s Eye – Tiger’s Eye is a protective stone that was traditionally carried as a talisman against ill wishing and curses. It assists in accomplishing goals, recognizing inner resources and promoting clarity of intention.
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DISCLAIMER: John Bead Corp does not guarantee the health or physical benefits referenced. This brief summary shares in a light-hearted fashion some of the most popular attributes associated with semi precious stones. You can read and learn a great deal more about these stones in the: THE CRYSTAL BIBLES 1,2,3 – THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO CRYSTALS BY Author Judy Hall