I'm not a big jewelry wearer for a variety of reasons, my ears are too sensitive for earrings, my wrists are too small for most bracelets, and my fingers are always too messy for rings. If I'm going to accessorize, it's usually a necklace with some kind of pendant on a long chain. This has never really been an issue... until this guy I hang out with some times asked me to keep hanging out with him until we die. And because Tradition, I'm supposed to wear this ring now.
The ring is beautiful and I have no qualms about wearing it, but because I love it so much I want to protect it. I've seen some ring holding necklaces around the internet, but none that fit the form and function I was looking for. Necklaces with an easy clip in design usually feature the not so cute lobster claw clasp and necklaces with an attractive minimalist design have a more complicated attachment mechanism. So I decided to look into making my own. After researching jewelry suppliers, I settled on RioGrande.com. You're required to create an account to purchase any of their products because, "The U.S. Patriot Act requires all suppliers of precious metals to maintain full contact information for all of its customers." (Um...it does?!), but they were the only supplier that sold all necessary components to complete this project. Once I received the goods, the construction of this necklace was incredibly simple. Here's how it's done:
Use your pliers to open, attach, and close two 3.2 mm jump rings on either end of the chain. Hook one end of each S hook to a jump ring on your chain and pinch closed with your pliers. I had a crazy difficult time finding the right bezel to feature a gemstone inside the ring, so my options here were limited. Throughout this process I learned it's not ideal to glue a stone into a bezel, but again I worked with what I could find. I used some light grit sand paper to texture the bottom of the stone and the inside of the bezel so the glue would adhere more securely. Once it was dry I attached two 3.2 mm jump rings to the bezel and looped them onto the other end of the S hooks (making sure to not pinch the S hooks closed this time). To make sure the larger jump rings wouldn't slip off, I also attached two 1.6 mm jump rings to the S hook to act as stoppers (if there exists a better method, I would love to know). To attach your ring(s) just hook them in the same spot as the pendant and the gemstone should sit nicely in the opening.
I fully acknowledge that I am not a jewelry maker (I follow several on Instagram and they amaze me), but if anyone is looking for an easy way to assemble their own alternative method of display for their finger bling this is a great one! Its quick, easy, and pretty inexpensive. Hopefully this necklace will protect my new addition from the muck I usually get into and extend its lifespan a little because I've agreed to a pretty lengthy commitment here...