3 Ways To Use Briolette Beads

Briolettes are one of our most popular beads! They are so beautiful and are perfect for adding to earrings and necklaces. Take a look below at the many ways you can transform briolettes into beautiful pieces of jewellery and get all the jewellery making supplies you need.

What Is A Briolette Bead?

A briolette bead is a pear-shaped bead with facets which makes them sparkle beautifully in the light! Briolettes are usually fully drilled so you can easily add them into your designs by wire wrapping or adding the thread.

1. Wire Wrapping

Once you've mastered the skill of wire-wrapping, you won't be able to stop making! It is such a popular jewellery making technique which allows you to get creative with so many designs. Below we show three slightly different briolette designs using wire wrapping techniques.

Follow our wire wrapping tutorials here.

Gold & Peridot Earrings

We love this combination of green and gold! Peridot is such a vibrant stone and these tiny briolettes look lovely wire wrapped in chunky wire and hung from earwires.

Wire Wrapped Spinel Briolette Necklace

Wire wrap a briolette bead with a loop and simply thread onto your favourite thread for a minimal design.

Wire Wrapped Tanzanite Briolette Bar Necklace

Another great way to feature a briolette bead is to create two loops either end of the bead and attaching to chain to create an elegant necklace.

Watch our tutorial on how to make a bead bar necklace here.

Shop Jewellery Wire

Jewellery wire is available in various metals including copper, brass, plated, sterling silver and gold.

For wire wrapping a briolette bead, we recommend using 0.3mm - 0.5mm wire depending on your chosen bead and design.

2. Create A Minimal Necklace

Sometimes you just can't beat a minimal design and briolette beads are perfect for this! Simply add to your chosen beading thread for a simple yet pretty design. A great gift idea for any gemstone lovers in your life.

Watch our video below showing you how easy it is to make your own...

Take a look at some examples of minimal briolette necklaces below...

Green Amethyst Briolette Necklace

Carnelian Briolette Necklace

Pink Amethyst Briolette Necklace

Flex-Rite Wire

Flex-Rite is available in a range of metals and diameters to suit your designs. This lightweight and strong thread is great for floating necklaces and hanging pendants.

Silkon Thread

Silkon thread is a bonded synthetic fibre which does not fray or stretch and can be used without a needle. It's good strength and is suitable to use with a wide range of beads.

3. Use Bell Caps

Bell caps are used to attach gemstones or unusual shaped items which can be easily attached to earrings, necklaces or bracelets as a simple yet beautiful embellishment. Creating handmade jewellery using bell caps requires very little tools and supplies - meaning these magical caps are perfect for jewellery making beginners. All you need is glue to set the stone, we recommend using Devcon Epoxy glue.

Labradorite Briolette Necklace

Create a simple necklace by gluing the bell cap to the briolette and hanging from a chain using a jump ring.

Amethyst Briolette Earrings

How pretty are these amethyst drop earrings! We've used our small petal edge bell caps to create a pretty, everyday design.

Explore Bell Caps

Bell caps are not only great for using with briolettes, you can use them with suitably sized rough gemstones, sea glass and tumbled stones too. 

At Kernowcraft, we have a range of bell caps to choose from in a range of sizes including filigree, twist, plain and petal edge caps.