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How to create an Emerald Headdress


Learn how to make an Emerald Headdress with JewelleryMaker.

Follow this step-by-step tutorial along with the related images to lead you into creating a show stopping Headdress, that will have everyone astounded when they see it! The Emerald gemstone is May’s birthstone and is associated with the astrological sign of Taurus. It’s believed that the gemstone brings wisdom, true friendship and foresight in to the future. Being one of Cleopatra’s favourite gemstones, this fashion forward piece of jewellery ties in to the Grecian theme very well. Create your own version and share your examples with us via our Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages.


Step One

Cut a piece of chain that fits around your head so that it is taught across your forehead and temples, then join together in a loop with a jumpring. This will be the front of the design.

Step Two

Find the centre of that piece of chain and cut through the middle link, add a jumpring to one end and two to the other end, then join the two ends together.

Step Three

Cut another piece of chain that fits over the top of your head from front to back, and attach it to the jumpring at the front and the central jumpring at the back. (Try this on your head to make sure it fits comfortably).

Step Four

Take another long piece of chain and attach it to the front jumpring, and taking another jumpring hook the 27th link of the new chain to the 23rd link along the headdress (or roughly so it hangs down in front of your temple). Cut the chain so that the end hangs approximately 3 inches above your collarbone, and repeat this on the other side of the headdress.

Step Five

Using jump rings attach the tassles to the ends of the chains. The tassles should sit just above your collarbone.

Step Six

Take a featherweight headpin, add on a brushed aluminium pear-shaped bead and an emerald rondelle, then using round nose pliers create a wrapped loop to secure it to the central loop of the five loop connector.

Step Seven

Take a featherweight headpin, add one small gold spacer, a large gold spacer and an Emerald Rondelle and using round nose pliers make a wrapped loop to secure it to one of the other loops on the five loop connector. Repeat this three more times until all of the loops have a dangle attached.

Step Eight

Add a small spacer to a featherweight headpin and make a wrapped loop securing it to the loop in the middle of the connector.

Step Nine

Using another jumping attach the five looped connector to the jumping at the front of the headdress.

Step Ten

Make another wrapped loop with a featherweight headpin, a brushed aluminium pear shaped bead and an emerald rondelle and secure to the central jump ring at the back of the headdress. Repeat this step to make two more wrapped loops and secure them to the 17th links along on either side of the back of the head dress. (These counterbalance the pendant at the front).

Step Eleven

Take a featherweight headpin, add on a small gold spacer bead, an Emerald rondelle and another small gold spacer bead. Then using round nose pliers make a wrapped loop to secure it to the third link along from the centre of the draped chain at the front of the headdress. Repeat this a further seven times adding the wrapped loops to every third link along, then do the same on the other side to mirror them.

Step Twelve

Take a featherweight headpin, add on a small gold spacer, a large gold spacer, an Emerald nugget, a large gold spacer and another small gold spacer, then using round nose pliers make a wrapped loop to secure it to the jumpring at the side/temple. Repeat this as many times as required and secure them evenly spaced all the way around the sides and back of the head dress until you reach the final one on the jumpring on the opposite side/Temple.

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