Turundu 'Sapphire' Gold Bracelet

Turundu 'Sapphire' Gold Bracelet

This layered bracelet is so pretty and sparkles subtly in the light. It's easy to create design makes for a really eye-catching piece of jewellery that is perfect for the autumn season. 

Sapphire is the birthstone for September, and these pretty Turundu beads have the wonderful autumnal colours to match - varying from plum red to orange, pale green to yellow-green and brown-grey to almost purple-grey and clear. 

Turundu stone is actually from the garnet family which is produced in Tundure near Tanzania, hence the name. Many companies will be selling Turundu as sapphire when in actual fact it is a type of garnet - which is the reason for the lower price tag.

Step by step instructions

Start by deciding what length you would like your bracelet and if you would like it single or double (as we have done). Bear this measurement in your mind.

Using side cutters, cut your flex-rite wire to this length.

Thread one end of the wire through a crimp, the carabiner clasp and back through the crimp. Using magical crimping pliers, gently squeeze the crimp and you will create a little round bead.

Decide how far you would like your sapphire beads apart and thread on a crimp.

Using snipe or flat nose pliers squeeze the crimp securely.

Thread on your beads (we used eight beads).

Thread on another crimp and squeeze the crimp together so that the beads lie securely on the wire.

Continue threading on beads spaced evenly apart until you reach the other end of your bracelet - we have five bead sections on our bracelet. (If you want more sections you will need to buy more crimps.)

To secure the other end, thread the wire through a crimp, a soldered jump ring (more secure), back through the crimp and as before use magical crimping pliers to gently squeeze the crimp, creating a little round bead.

Your bracelet is now complete!

Suggested tools for this project

Magical crimping pliers - an amazing tool which transforms 2x2mm crimps into little round beads

Side cutters - for cutting metal wire, headpins etc. with minimum effort

Flat nose pliers - for squeezing crimps and opening and closing jump rings

Or pack of pliers & side cutters which is an economical way of buying all the pliers you will need for every project!

Customise Your Kit

Make the design your own by using your favourite jewellery supplies!

Shop beading threads

Shop all gemstone beads

Shop jewellery findings

Helpful Pages

Read our beading and threading advice pages with tutorials

How to use crimps with step by step photos

Jewellery Making Books

The Basics of Bead Stringing by Debbie Kanan

Beading Design by Kim Glover

The Encyclopedia of Wire Jewellery Techniques by Sara Withers

Kernowcraft's jewellery making kits are aimed to inspire you - therefore the step by step instructions are available online only with a shopping list, where you can easily customise the design to suit you. We recommend printing or bookmarking this page ready to follow.The suggested products used in this project are suggestions to inspire you. Products used were compatible at the time of making but do be aware that gemstones are natural and hand cut stocks can vary, so do use your own common sense as to the compatibility of each item when making.

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