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How to Handle the Elements


Rare 19th century British Victorian crystal beads in a variety of settings — note the different bead caps.

All jewelry, in fact all engineered structures, have one thing in common; they are made up of a collection of elements. What is an element? It is a single repeatable item — in the case of JAL jewelry, this consists of a series of beads on a wire, to wit:

  1.    Form a loop at one end of the 4″ long .20 gauge copper wire.
  2.    Wrap the end of the wire to finish the loop.
  3.    Press the cut end of the wire deeply into the wrapping so it doesn’t catch on anything.
  4.   Thread on a 4mm round copper bead.
  5.    Add a spacer bead.
  6.    Add a bead cap if wanted, with the hollow side toward the main bead.
  7.    Add the gemstone or main bead.
  8.    Add a bead cap rotated opposite the first cap.
  9.    Add another spacer bead.
  10.    Add another 4mm round copper bead.
  11.    Make a loop to close off and finish the element.

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Build This Roman Style Pearl & Garnet Copper Earring Kit for only $9.95


Your Roman-Style Pearl & Garnet Copper Earrings are exactly the type and design worn by many Roman women 2,000 years ago. Greek influence is clear; the Romans copied all things Greek — Hellenistic statues, jewelry, clothing, foods and some social customs were eagerly adopted by the Roman conquerors, and Greek objects flooded into the Empire, carried to the mainland by Roman merchant ships and Trade Route caravans.

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How to Make Roman-Style Garnet Earrings in Copper For Only $9.99 a Pair!!!


Your Roman-Style Garnet & Copper Earrings could easily have been worn by a Roman woman of the first century. This style was very popular, and much of the Greek artistic tradition was absorbed into the Roman economy and art tastes and values. Ancient Romans were avid collectors of ancient artifacts.

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