Donut beads (or donut pendants) are a large disk with a very large hole. This shape is also known as a ring. You can turn gemstone donuts into quick pendants using 1mm - 2mm leather or cotton cord, and a simple larks-head knot. For something fancier, capture the donut with a wire-wrap, wire-weave, or seed beaded design. Skip a clasp by making the necklace long enough to slip over the head, or add a clasp to make a shorter necklace. Odds are, you already know what you want to do... you're just looking for the right size and stone! Availability varies -- so when you find a batch you like, stock up before they're gone.
- 15mm gemstone donuts: Are they beads, or are they focals? It's up to you -- 15mm gemstone donuts are a nice size for earrings and petite bracelet centerpieces.
- 25mm (1" diameter) gemstone donuts can be simply tied with ribbon or leather, or they can be seed beaded, wire wrapped and more.
- 30mm, 35mm and 40mm donuts work with medium (16mm) donut bails.
- To turn a 45mm - 50mm gemstone donut into a quick pendant, use 1mm to 2mm leather or cotton cord and a simple larks-head knot. Or, capture the donut with a wire-wrap, wire-weave, or seed beaded design.