Inspired by the engagement ring given to Princess Diana by Prince Charles, this beaded ring uses a Swarovski Rivoli and round crystal accents.
To make this ring, you will need the following materials:
- 12mm Swarovski Rivoli in sapphire
- 4mm Swarovski round beads, crystal AB, 12
- 1 gram silver lined blue Delica beads, size 11
- 1 gram crystal AB Delica beads, size 11
- 5 grams metallic silver galvanized Delica beads, size 11
- 1 gram size 15 seed beads, purple lined sapphire
- Beading thread of your choice - FireLine 6lb. test recommended
- Size 12 beading needle
- Scissors or thread cutter
Using the silver lined sapphire Delica beads, stitch a peyote bezel around the Rivoli. For the final row on the top of the stone, add a row of size 15 beads to snug up the bezel. Flip the bezel over and add a row of size 15 beads on the back as well.
Weave the tail thread into the bezel, knot, and trim close to the beadwork.
2. Add the Round Crystals in a Modified Daisy Chain
The round crystals are added around the bezel in a modified daisy chain stitch.
To begin, on a comfortable length of thread (no longer than 5 feet), pick up 1 4mm crystal and 6 transparent AB Delica beads. Pass through the crystal again and pull so that the Delica beads circle half of the crystal.
Pick up 6 transparent AB Delica beads and pass through the crystal again. Stitch through all the Delicas around the crystal, and then through the first three Delicas picked up.
3. Attach the Crystal to the Bezel
To attach the crystal to the bezel, pick a row of Delicas in the Rivoli bezel that is near the center outside edge. Choose one Delica bead and pass needle through that bead on the same side as the bead you are exiting from on the 4mm crystal. Pass up into the Delica bead on the round crystal and repeat to reinforce the thread path.
4. Adding the Next Crystal
Stitch through the next 3 transparent Delicas on the round crystal.
Pick up 6 transparent Delicas and 1 round crystal. Pass through the bead you exited on the first round crystal, then through the six Delicas just added.
5. Finish Surrounding the Crystal with Delicas and Attac
Pick up 5 Delicas and pass through the bead you exited from on the first crystal and the 6 Delicas you added at the beginning of the previous step.
Line up the Delicas on the bezel with the Delicas on the crystal to figure out where you want to position the crystal. When you have the bead on the bezel picked out, attach it as you did the first crystal, repeating the thread path to reinforce and secure.
Stitch through the Delicas surrounding the crystal and exit from a Delica near the bottom of the crystal to get into position to add the next round crystal.
Continue to add crystals in this manner until you have added all except the last crystal.
6. Adding the Last Crystal
Adding the last round crystal is a little different, since you will need to connect it to two crystals as well as the peyote bezel on the Rivoli.
After you have added the next-to-last crystal, pick up 4 Delicas and pass through a Delica on the first crystal near the bottom as illustrated in the photograph.
7. Add the Crystal
Pick up 1 Delica bead and the round crystal, and pass through all the beads just added again.
Pick up 6 Delicas and pass through all the Delicas surrounding the round crystal.
Stitch down to the bottom of the crystal and attach it to the peyote bezel on the Rivoli as you did the other round crystals.
Weave the thread into the bezel, knot, and trim close to the beadwork.
For extra strength, you can also weave back through all the Delicas surrounding the crystals a second time before weaving the thread into the bezel and knotting.
8. Stitch the Band
To stitch my ring band, I used the galvanized silver Delica beads, but you can always choose to use gold beads instead.
On a comfortable length of thread (no longer than 5 feet) pick up 10 silver Delica beads. Leaving at least a 6 inch tail, work in flat even count peyote stitch to make a band that fits comfortably around the finger on which you wish to wear the ring. Make sure you make the band about 3/4 inch smaller than the widest part of your finger so that you can attach the Rivoli later.
9. Attaching the Band to the Rivoli
After you have stitched the band to the desired length, line it up against the back of the Rivoli.
Matching up the Delicas from the Rivoli bezel to the Delicas on the band, zip the band to the Rivoli by alternating back and forth between beads. Pull snugly.
When you get to the top of the Rivoli, turn and weave back down into the band to reinforce.
Weave your working thread into the band, knot a few times, weave in a bit more, and then trim the working thread close to the beadwork.
Using the tail, zip the other side of the band to the Rivoli, lining it up to be even with the first side. Weave the tail into the band, knot and trim as you did the first side.