New Fire and Ice Agate

The new Fire and Ice Agate Semi-Precious Facetted Dye Beads are stealing the show on this new necklace.

This necklace uses three of the new products we launched this month:  Fire and Ice Agate beads, Faux Suede Tassels and Fancy Chain.

The necklace really just made itself.  The

The carnelian agate colour really caught my eye.  It has wonderful rust and white colours running throughout the bead.  Each agate colour comes in three sizes:  10mm, 12mm and 16mm

My colour choices for Fire and Ice are gorgeous!

I used red and white faux suede tassels.

I had several options for my chain.  This is our new Fancy Chain collection.

Three strands per side of Fancy Chain gave this necklace a very rich and finished look.


Crystaloise Necklace – Fernando DaSilva Atelier Project

This is the Crystaloise necklace designed by Fernando Dasilva for John Bead.

Fernando has created many pieces of jewelry which are displayed in the John Bead showroom.  Some of these designs appear in our catalogues and may have been published.  For those of you who can’t visit in person we will have a regular post on this blog giving you a closer look at the finished jewelry.  Fernando has written all the instructions and is sharing them with you. Welcome to the series we call: Fernando DaSilva’s Atelier. 


8 light Azore 8mm crystal bicone beads

1 oval 3o x 40mm  African turquoise  bead

3 round 10mm African turquoise beads

4 round  8mm African turquoise beads

4 round 4mm African turquoise beads

4 facetted square 16mm African turquoise beads

4 smooth square 18mm African turquoise beads

11 ball head pins

19 oval jump rings

12 pre-cut pieces of  3 ½  inches of dark chain

11 pre-cut pieces of 1 inch of the same chain

3 ft silver plated German style wire

Tools:   Side cutter,  Flat noseRound nose


1.  Feed one round turquoise bead onto a head pin and make a simple loop on top of bead. Trim excess wire. Make ten more of those using all the round turquoise beads left and then set them aside.

2. Cut a 3 inches piece of silver plated wire. Use round nose pliers to make a wrapped loop (two turns) at one end and trim excess wire. Feed one crystal bead + square 17mm turquoise bead + another crystal bead. Make a second loop at the opposite end and then trim excess wire. Make a second link alike, set aside and call it “link A”.

3. Repeat previous step to make one similar link using one crystal, followed by one 16mm facetted turquoise and then another crystal. Make a second one and set aside. Call it “link B”.

4. Continue working on same fashion as previous steps to make one link using one crystal bead, one 17mm turquoise, followed by another crystal bead, one 16mm turquoise and then another crystal bead.  Make a second one of this and set aside and call it “link C”.

5. Cut a 4 inches piece of silver plated wire. Make a wrapped loop at one of the ends and then string on one crystal bead, oval large turquoise bead and then another crystal. Make a second wrapped loop at the far end and then set aside.  Call it “link D”

6. Begin assembling links and chain sections following given pattern.

Oval jump ring + two long sections of chains + oval jump ring + link C + oval jump ring +  two long sections of chains + oval jump ring + link A + oval jump ring + two long sections of chain +  oval jump ring + link B + oval jump ring + two sections of chain . Repeat on reverse from here and attach both ends of last section of chains to first oval jump ring.

7.  Carefully open central jump ring and attach link D to it. This is the focal point of your necklace.

8. Open loop of one of the dangles made on step 1, add one small pre-cut piece of chain and close it gently. Make ten more of that and set aside. Those will be the “fringe” of your tassel.

9. Open oval jump ring and add one by one all the eleven chain strands made on step 8 and then attach to bottom loop of link D.

Your necklace is ready. Enjoy it!