I’m loving the tassel trend happening right now but I kicked it up a notch by making this easy DIY gemstone tassel necklace. In May I felt the urge to make some jewellery but because I’m trying my best to budget, I vowed to steer clear of the craft stores and use supplies I already have. Luckily I found some gems in my stash (haha): pretty aquamarine chips plus some filigree bead caps from a pair of vintage chandelier earrings, and – voila:
This DIY gemstone tassel necklace was really simple to make! If you’re feeling crafty, I’ve listed all of the supplies I used below, but you can use any kind of beads or stones.
Supplies for a DIY gemstone tassel necklace:
- Aquamarine chips (but they don’t need to be chips – these faceted ones are even prettier)
- Gold eye pins
- Flat filigree bead cap – needs places to affix the dangling chains for the tassel
- A second, more spherical bead cap – should be smaller than the flatter bead cap
- Pearl or other bead to fit inside the second bead cap (optional, you could skip the centre chain)
- Needle nosed pliers
- Wire cutters (or use the cutter on your pliers)
A note about the supplies: the number of beads and eye pins you require will depend on how long you’d like your necklace, and how big of a tassel you’d like. For my project, I used approximately 200 eye pins and stone chips. You will inevitably squash some eye pins and some stone chips won’t have evenly drilled holes, so buy a little bit more than you think you’ll need.
How to Make a DIY Gemstone Tassel Necklace:
Grab an eye pin, slide on a aquamarine stone bead, trim the wire, and form a loop (see this post of mine for a clear tutorial on loop-making). Before you gently close the loop with your pliers, slip on the loop from the next eye pin.
Repeat a zillion times until you’ve formed a chain long enough to slip over your head (or you can stop and add a clasp for a shorter necklace at any point).
For the tassel, I used an eye pin, two bead caps, and a pearl. It’s easy: thread the pearl onto an eye pin, then add the smaller bead cap, and then the larger. This will form the base for the tassel. I was overzealous and already started to make my tassel before I snapped a photo, so here is the same idea with a glass bead instead:
Next, create a series of smaller chains, using the steps above. Dangling from my pearl – the centre of the tassel – is a chain with five stones. On the smaller bead cap are a series of chains with 6 stones each, hooked onto the edges of the cap. For the largest bead cap, I have chains with 7 stones. This way, the lengths of the chains are very similar. But you can shake things up. As I finished each mini strand, I simply hooked it onto the edge of the filigree bead cap and gently closed the loop – so it’s key that your bead cap has a place to affix the beaded chains.
When it’s completed, the gemstone tassel looks like this:
For the ends of the tassel chains you can use a straight pin so you don’t end with a loop, but I didn’t have any so I just used eye pins. I seriously just ordered a pricey planter from Modernica, but didn’t want to spring for straight pins. I penny pinch in the weirdest ways.
My Mom was kind enough to snap a photo of me wearing my fancy new DIY gemstone tassel necklace…
But then all of a sudden she was wearing it. I think I might be making a second one…
I’m really quite besotted with aquamarine – no surprise, given my penchant for mint and aqua – and I’m so happy I finally found a use for these beads! I’ve been hoarding them since 2009 (I’m hanging my head in shame).