Gemstone and Chain Bracelets

by Christine Yuss.
(Ventura, CA)

Gemstone and Chain Bracelets by Christine Yuss  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Fuchsia Pink Coin Pearl Chain Bracelet

I Love Love Love wearing bracelets! And I have to admit, I was getting a little bored with the same-ole designs I was coming up with for myself.

Then I came across a picture on Pinterest where someone had mixed some chain with gemstones. Brilliant I thought and how elegant they looked.

Gemstone and Chain Bracelets by Christine Yuss  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Amazonite Chain Bracelet

I made my first one and upon wearing it, soon realized that it kept turning on my wrist causing the stones to end up on the underside of my wrist. Not exactly the look I was going for in my mind’s eye.

Gemstone and Chain Bracelets by Christine Yuss  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Agate Chain Bracelet

Realizing that I needed some weight on the underside near the clasp, to keep the focal stones from spinning on my wrist, I attached a couple small adornments and whalaa! Problem solved and they even look more special than without the adornments.

Gemstone and Chain Bracelets by Christine Yuss  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Agate Chain Bracelet

I wore a couple to work and quickly got requests for orders 🙂

I found that 1.5 – 2 inches of stones worked best as the focal length followed with at least a couple adornments attached to the clasp side of the closure for balancing weight to keep the bracelet from turning on my wrist.

Christine Yuss
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  • Gorgeous, Christine! Love the colors in this series, and thanks for sharing your innovation for keeping the focal beads in place on the top of the wrist.

  • Nita says:

    These bracelets are lovely, Christine. The hint about “counter-balancing” them with clasp adornments has me thinking. Am going to try this with some necklaces which have clasps that migrate to the front. Thanks for the brain fodder.

  • Kathy Zee says:

    I love this idea. They are so cute and there are endless possibilities that can be used to make a bracelet like this. Thanks for sharing.

  • Karen Escalera says:

    Hi Rena,
    I”m loving bracelets too since I stumbled across wire weaving tutorials. I also discovered that if you like dangles on them you can make the bracelet longer than the wrist requires and connect the clasp to where it fits and ta-da you have a dangle or a bracelet for a larger wrist without having to add on links.

  • Brilliant, Karen! 🙂

  • Toni Stone says:

    I am ready for a change and this is lovely!

  • Beverly King says:

    Thanks for sharing. I always have odd beads & bits of chain “cluttering” up my table. Very smart move on the counter balance! Love your work Christine!

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