There are birthstones for every month of the year and there are also gemstones for every zodiac sign too. Birthstone jewelry is pretty popular as it’s an easy way to get personalized accessories which are a bit more subtle than a name necklace or embossed bracelet.
Below are the stones associated with each of the months and zodiac signs:
- January – Garnet
- February – Amethyst
- March – Aquamarine & Bloodstone
- April – Diamond & Rock Crystal
- May – Chrysoprase & Emerald
- June – Moonstone, Pearl & Alexandrite
July – Carnelian & Ruby
- August – Peridot & Sardonyx
- September – Sapphire & Lapis Lazuli
- October – Pink Tourmaline & Opal
- November – Citrine & Topaz
- December – Turquoise & Blue Topaz
- Aries – Diamond
- Taurus – Emerald
- Gemini – Agate
- Cancer – Pearl
- Leo – Ruby
- Virgo – Sapphire
- Libra – Opal
- Scorpio – Sardonyx
- Sagittarius – Topaz
- Capricorn – Onyx
- Aquarius – Turquoise
- Pisces – Moonstone
Since you can get beads made from a ton of different semi-precious stones, we thought this bead wire wrap ring would make the perfect DIY birthstone ring tutorial. Of course, you could use any beads for this craft and any color of wire to create something unique to you!
Tools and Materials
- 20 Gauge wire (make sure your bead fits onto the wire before cutting)
- Wire cutters
- Flat nosed pliers
- Ring sizer (not pictured – you can use anything round that
- Beads (of your choice)
Cut a length of wire around 12”-20” (this will depend on the size of the ring you want to make and the size of your bead). Thread your bead/beads onto the wire and let them fall into the middle.
We used three 6mm beads in this tutorial design and the wire we used for the triple bead ring (and pearl ring) is silver plated copper wire.
Use your ring sizer (or makeshift ring-sized cylinder) and place the beaded section of the wire onto it at your desired size – wrapping your wire behind in a sort of X-shape. The ring will more than likely get smaller as you wrap the beads and ring base, so size up to begin with. If you want a size 6 ring for example, start up at 7.5-7.75 if you’re using a 6-8mm bead.
Some ring sizers have a really handy groove which is perfect for a bead to sit in.
Without overlapping the wires, wrap a ring base onto the ring sizer and bring the loose ends to the top again.
Wrap one loose end of wire up and around the central bead and then wrap the outer (right) bead, then repeat this on the left side. The loose wire ends will end up on the opposing sides to the beads they wrapped.
You can do this a couple more times if you want more wire wrapping in your design and to build a more sturdy-looking “casing” for your beads
Slide your ring carefully off the ring sizer and use the loose ends of wire to create a tight, neat wrap around the ring base – either side of the beads. We wrapped 7 times on each side.
Trim off the loose ends with your wire cutters and use the flat nosed pliers to tuck the end under. Make sure to make it as flush as possible, because you don’t want to scratch your fingers or click any of your clothes when you wear it.
You might find that as you make more and get practice, the rings will look better and better and you may even want to create your own wire wrapping techniques!
This ring design idea could also be used to create a gift for someone for their birthday or even an anniversary. There are gemstones associated with the different milestone wedding anniversaries too! Use a variety of bead sizes to create different looks – just make sure to use the correct ring size to account for loss of size during wrapping. Have fun!