As many of you might already know, I used to design jewelry . . . it seems like a lifetime ago. Tiny rubies, sapphires, tourmalines and emeralds cut into tiny, faceted roundelles were some of my favorite gemstones to design with. When you buy these beautiful stones, they come strung in strands, oftentimes graduated by size, in an ombré of hues. Quite honestly, they’re perfect just as they are. But because they can be quite expensive and never quite long enough for an ideal necklace length, you actually get more bang for your buck by turning them into chains. Plus, they’re so pretty linked together with delicate gold wire. I hope you enjoy this tutorial on wire wrapping – it’s a good foundation for beading and jewelry making!