I purchased a number of hoop earring components awhile back at one of the jewelry shows I go to and finally pulled them out when I got my hands on some beautiful facet garnet beads. The cuts created around the beads, or facets, add a wonderful dimension to these beads.

You will need the following tools and supplies:

8 – 4mm faceted garnet beads
2 – 1/2 inch hoops with 3 attached rings on each
4 – 2mm sterling jump rings
2 feet of 24-gauge dead-soft sterling wire
About 4 inches of sterling link chain
Wire cutters
Chain-nosed pliers
Round-nosed pliers

Note on the supplies: While I purchased the hoops at a show, I know that a number of vendors carry these same components. I have seen the exact same ones at Rio Grande and very similar ones at other vendors. As far as the garnet beads, I purchased them from Artbeads.

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