How to Make Your Own Ancient Greek Jewelry

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Jewellery was very common in ancient Greece and it could be very complex or simple. The complex jewellery was worn by the wealthy, normally for special occasions. The jewellery was typically made from precious metals, stones and wood. The woods were dyed different colours to add a colourful variety to the necklaces and were sometimes even tiered. Everyday jewellery was very earth-toned, using colours such as a deep red, tan and brown.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Earth-tone red and tan wooden, flat beads, disc-shaped or square
  • Greek coin charm
  • Leather necklace string
  • Clasp
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Measure how long you want your necklace to be by placing the leather string around your neck. Now add two inches to the amount of string and cut the leather string to that size.

  2. 2

    Tie one end of the clasp to one end of the necklace.

  3. 3

    For your reference, draw a sketch of the necklace. This necklace will start with a red section, then a pair of tan coloured beads; a second red section followed by the tan pair; a third red section followed by a tan pair, at which point the charm will be added in between this tan pair. A fourth red section follows, then a tan pair; a fifth red section follows, then a tan pair; and the necklace will end with the sixth red section.

  4. 4

    Slide the red beads on the leather necklace until they reach one-sixth of the way through the necklace. The amount of beads will vary depending on how large the beads are.

  5. 5

    Add two tan beads.

  6. 6

    Add red beads another one-sixth of the way down the necklace and add two more tan beads.

  7. 7

    Add red beads another one-sixth of way and then add one tan bead.

  8. 8

    Add the charm of a Greek coin and then add the second tan bead.

  9. 9

    Add the red beads, two tan beads, the red beads, the last two tan beads and the last red beads.

    Add as many red beads each time as you have added previously. For example, if it took you 10 red beads to make it one-sixth of the way through the necklace when you first started, then after the two tan beads, the next section should be 10 red beads, two tan beads, until you reach five sets of tan beads, with the sixth section of red beads at the end of the necklace.

  10. 10

    Tie the other end of the clasp on and clip excess string.

Tips and warnings

  • If your neck is small, try using three sets of tan beads instead of five.
  • Keep the loose beads away from small children.

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