J is for January - Birthstone Necklace Tutorial

Written by
Janet Boyington
Published on
January 15, 2021 1:01:00 AM PST January 15, 2021 1:01:00 AM PSTth, January 15, 2021 1:01:00 AM PST

Created by: Janet Boyington

Designer Tips

  • Place your charm on a steel block, and use a brass hammer and letter of your choice to stamp the monogram / initial. New to metal stamping? See Metal Stamping Technique Sheet below.
  • Following instructions on package, oxidize design with Liver of Sulphur, or apply Stamp Enamel.
  • Allow to dry, then polish letter charm to a high shine with Ultra Polishing Pad. (Or for a matte finish, use steel wool.)
  • Make a wire-wrapped loop with the head pin and garnet bead. New to jewelry-making? See Jewelry Basics 101 below, for looping options and most secure way to open andn close a jump ring.
  • Use a jump ring to add wire-wrapped loop to chain.
  • Use another jump ring to add letter charm to chain.

Suggested Supplies

  • 1 strand (use 1 bead) #21-886-008-09 6mm Round Garnet Beads
  • 1 each #50-101-04-16 Sterling Silver Faceted Ball Chain Necklace, 16", 1.5mm
  • 1 each #44-750-58 24ga Sterling Silver Blank, Round with Loop, 14x12mm
  • 1 ten (use 1 piece) #37-505 Sterling Silver Head Pin, 1-1/2", 0.020" Diameter
  • 1 ten (use 2 pieces) #37-215-230 Sterling Silver Jump Ring, Oval, 3.0x4.6mm
  • Liver of Sulphur, or Stamp Enamel


  • Monogram Stamp Set
  • Brass Hammer
  • Steel Block
  • Polishing Cloth (or steel wool)
  • Round-Nose Pliers
  • Chain-Nose Pliers
  • Wire Cutters