Recently, I have been enjoying a new jewelry technique for me, knotted jewelry. I thought it would be a nice change from wire working the beads together to knotting them with either silk or nylon cord. I must say I was hesitant about the piece standing up against the day to day wear and tear, because, well, it’s thread, not metal. But so far I have been pleasantly surprised, and I am glad, because I really do adore the knotted cord with gemstones. I did add some metal to the piece, I couldn’t help myself. I created a handmade spiral clasp as the closure and added metal chain as an extension with wire wrapped rubies. I love the way it came out and will probably be working a lot more with cording of all kinds of materials. PS. I also added a handmade leaf charm..

gemstones knotted bracelet

Jeanette Blix Ryan is a jewelry designer and instructor who teaches wire and metalworking workshops in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area. She is the co-founder of artBLISS, hosting jewelry and mixed media workshops in the DC area. She also published the Glass Art Calendar, the first glass calendar published featuring lampwork beads among the leading glass artists in the field today.


  1. Kathleen Lange Klik on November 14, 2014 at 10:26 am

    The bracelet you created is absolutely beautiful! The knotting adds a wonderful texture and I also like the addition of the charm and bead dangles-they add a wonderful element to the design.

    Maybe I should look into Jamberry as I haven’t painted my nails in a very long time (no time with a baby/toddler)! I need something fast, simple and non toxic!

  2. Lynn Carling on November 14, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    I love everything about your bracelet! The extension chain with rubies is beautiful and clever and I love your spiral clasp and leaf. I also love the look of hand-knotted jewelry and have been making it for the past year or so. I was using waxed linen (which I still like) but for my recent pieces I have used 2-ply waxed nylon cord and have been very happy with the results. 🙂

  3. Jeanette on December 2, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Thanks so much, Lynn. I am really enjoying creating knotted jewelry and I can’t wait to make more pieces:)

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