3 Ideas for Using Large Hole Pearls

Genuine pearls are an incredible addition to any jewelry-making project. These unique gemstones have long been prized for their luster and beauty. They come in a huge assortment of colors, sizes and shapes, and no two are ever exactly alike. Cultured freshwater pearls can even be found with different hole sizes that make them appropriate for a wide range of projects. Large hole pearl beads are made to accommodate nearly any type of chain or cord. They are often used to create bolder, more dramatic pieces like chokers and wire-wrapped pendants as opposed to the more delicate pieces often made using pearls with smaller holes. Here are just a few ideas for using large hole pearls for jewelry-making.

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Wire-Wrapped Pendant

Large hole pearl beads work great for wire-wrapping projects because they have holes that are large enough for the wire to fit through easily. Whether you have experience with wrapping gemstones in wire or you are new to the practice, there are ways to create beautiful wrapped pearl pendants for any skill level.

For beginners, a wire-wrapped frame pendant is an easy project to start with. You can use heavier gauge wire to create a frame in any shape you like and then use finger wire to wrap and secure your pearls. You can make your frame as large or as small as you’d like, and it’s up to you how many beads you use. This project is super versatile and allows you to create something that’s dainty and delicate or bold and beautiful. It’s entirely up to you!

You can also use wire wrapping to turn an individual pearl bead into a pendant. The process is simple and can be used to create a single pendant to be worn on a necklace. It also works for wrapping several beads to use on a necklace or a pair of chandelier earrings.


Leather Pearl Choker

If you want to create pearl jewelry with a more edgy look, try making a leather pearl choker. For this simple (but super eye-catching!) project, all you need is two large hole pearl beads in a large size, leather cording and scissors. Choose whatever colors you would like for your pearl and cord. The tutorial linked above shows a white pearl and recommends black leather cord, but feel free to choose any colors you would like. One of the great things about freshwater pearls is that they come in so many colors so there’s no need to limit yourself.

hand crochet bracelet with pearl

Determine the desired length for your choker and add two inches. Cut to length and slide your bead into the center. Add another pearl for the end. Tie a knot at one end to keep the beads from sliding off. Slide one pearl up against the knot and tie another on the other side. Create a loop on the other end of the cord. It should be sized to wrap around the pearl to secure your necklace in place.

Position the other pearl in the center of your necklace and tie a knot on either side. This will keep it in place. That’s all there is to it! In just a few minutes, you’ve created a bold pearl necklace that will stand out in any crowd.


Elegant Earrings

woman wearing sapphire earrings

When you think of pearl earrings, you probably think of studs. There’s no reason to limit yourself, though! Large hole pearl beads are perfect for creating beautiful dangle earrings. When it comes to designs, your only limit is your imagination. You can use the wire-wrapping techniques above or you can create these earrings using jump rings and other simple supplies. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, you can use large hole pearl beads to create gorgeous earrings for any occasion.



Large hole pearl beads can be used in a wide range of projects. They can accommodate cords, wire and larger chains, so they are perfect for projects that other pearls would not work for. Browse our website to find the pearl beads you need to complete your next jewelry piece.