Jewelry Making with Turquoise Beads – Inspiration and Design Ideas

Turquiose bead necklaces hanging

Turquoise is perhaps history’s greatest stone. It has been used for hundreds of years across the globe from ancient Egypt, to Iran, to pre-Columbian Mesoamerica. It was worn by warriors, shamans, princesses and kings.

It is considered a stone of strength and protection due to its smooth surface that is soothing to the touch, while the opaque aqua blue is healing to the beholder. The rich blue-green color is its most recognizable feature, and perhaps what makes it such a beautiful stone to feature in your personal wardrobe.

Simple Turquoise Necklace

With spring and summer just around the corner, this necklace is the perfect accessory to brighten up your wardrobe. If you are new to jewelry making, it is also a good place to start. You will need some small turquoise beads, small gold link chain, gold jewelry wire, gold lobster claw clasps, gold jump rings and jewelry pliers.

You will be working the wire with you jewelry pliers, making your own loops and attaching it to your gold chain. This can be frustrating at first because it seems quite tedious, but do not give up! It just takes time and patience, and the end product will be a necklace worthy of ancient queens.

Turquoise Pendant Necklace

This is a longer necklace, making it the ideal accessory for high-necked dresses or loose linen shirts. The assembly of the pendant is more intricate then the previous necklace, but it is adorable with the eye-popping turquoise color. You will need beads (some tiny and some larger), bead caps for the smaller beads, a thinner gold chain, a larger thicker gold chain, 13 head pins, jump rings and of course, your jewelry pliers!

String of turquoise beads

If you want your necklace to really pop, you may want to try some Mongolian turquoise round beads. The painted nature of these stones is gorgeous and will give your pedant that little extra something that makes it all your own style.

Turquoise Wrapping Bracelet

Now that you have some stylish necklaces, let’s explore what other accessories can feature turquoise. This bracelet has a much more rustic look, and will make you feel like a mermaid princess. All you need is cotton string, a button and your beads (you can put your pliers away for this one!).

Whether you did bracelet making in summer camp or are new to it, the instructions are simple and easy to follow. Shaded turquoise faceted rondelle beads are wonderful for this bracelet, as are the Mongolian turquoise beads from your pendant necklace. Both have an aqua blue that is reminiscent of the ocean and are a sublime addition to your mermaid bracelet.

Turquoise Bangle Wire Bracelets

One can never have too many bracelets. You will need your pliers, wire, superglue, scissors, circle hooks and your turquoise beads. This requires some negotiation with the wire and pliers, but at this point, we are old pros.

This bracelet has a simple look and can be worn with almost anything. One thing we love about turquoise is how much it reminds us of being on the beach, so be sure to make yourself a cool new bracelet before you head out on your next vacation.

Turquoise Earrings

A causal ponytail and eye-catching earrings makes for the perfect look for a Saturday. Whether you’re going out to an adorable bistro or just chilling at home watching television with your significant other, these earrings are certainly going to give your wardrobe a little extra pop.

You will need small beads, two oval beads, monofilament thread and earring findings. The assembly of these earrings it mostly threading and tying tiny knots, but while the methods may be easy, the results are inspiring. We suggest pairing these with your Simple Turquoise Necklace to complete your look.

Turquoise Boho Anklets

If you want something original, look no further than this anklet. Whether you are hitting the beach in the Bahamas or the Jersey Shore, this accessory is perfect to get you into that vacation state of mind. You will need gold chain, matching clasps and rings, long nose pliers, round pliers, copper wire and of course, beads!

Turquoise bead discs in jewelry piece

Try the Sleeping Beauty turquoise plain pear beads. The water-drop shape of these beads look like they were made for your Boho anklets. Just imagine your toes in the sand as you wear your anklet, and you will not stop dancing.

Turquoise has been used for jewelry for hundreds of years, and with good reason. There are few stones that match its rare color and texture. Whether you are looking for that old world look, or just trying to make every day feel like a vacation, turquoise is the stone for you.

And of course, when you make something yourself, you make it all your own. No one else will have it, and it will be truly precious.