Best jewelry making kits for crafting intricate, one-of-a-kind pieces for yourself or as a special gift

One for the budding crafters, the best jewelry making kits will keep your hands and brain busy

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Two of the best jewelry making kits from Supersmalls and Akola shown side-by-side on a purple background
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The best jewelry-making kits simplify crafting one-of-a-kind pieces —whether it’s an occasional hobby, or you envisage turning your passion into a brand or a money-making venture.

As one of the most popular hobbies for women, jewelry-making is a great way to gift yourself—or someone special—with something beautiful and unique at the end of the process. This endeavor can also be lucrative—as the best jewelry gifts are often handmade and appeal to shoppers who scour sites with unique items, like Etsy and Not On The High Street.

To select the best jewelry-making kits, our team tested out the best on the market to see which provided the most user-friendly and enjoyable crafting experiences. And needless to say, learning how to make jewelry isn’t as fiddly as it sounds.

What to consider when choosing the best jewelry making kit for you

What do you need to consider when browsing through the best jewelry-making kits? Skill level will play a part: how much (or little) experience—and perhaps patience—do you have for the activity? Are you looking for something that offers flexibility for creative flair, or something more of a painting-by-numbers-style creation? How much money do you want to invest, and what kind of materials do you want to work with?

If you have done some crafting before, it can be helpful to choose a kit that chimes with what you’re most comfortable with. If you’ve done a bit of crafting with yarn or thread, have a go at making the below tassel earrings or friendship bracelets. You’ll get the hang of it quickly and have the confidence to move on to the harder kits that involve carving or hammering. That being said, nothing is stopping you from going straight to the more technical kits—it might just take a little bit of time to get your head around them.

These are just some of the things you’ll want to think about, and the criteria that we considered when seeking out the very best jewelry-making kits on the market. Whether making jewelry is something you’re already into, or you want to learn the techniques from scratch with online jewelry-making classes, we’ve saved you precious time scrolling through Instagram, or browsing on Etsy by collating the very best options available right now into one big list. We’ve also sought out personal recommendations from in-the-know friends and colleagues, for those word-of-mouth recommendations that online browsing fails to deliver. Once we had a comprehensive list of options, we added them to our basket and tested them out for ourselves, to share with you what the kits are like. 

We assessed each kit for:

  • Value for money
  • How easy they are to use
  • The end result and how it looked

The best jewelry making kits as chosen by our experts

With everything from a beginners’ beading set—such as Macaroon’s Luxe DIY Beading Kit—to a more complex option, such as CAST’s Bespoke Jewelry Making Kit, we’ve got your jewelry making needs covered. 

Sewcial Circle jewelry making kit

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The best jewelry making kit for beginners

Collection size: 9
Difficulty level: Easy
Collection starting price point: from $19/£14
Reasons to buy
+Easy-to-follow instructions+End result feels stylish and modern 
Reasons to avoid
-You do need to provide some additional tools

A hub of all things crafty, The Sewcial Circle sells everything from pom-pom sets to embroidery starter packs. But for us, the jewel in its crown is its jewelry-making kits. Requiring just enough concentration to keep frazzled brains occupied but not so much that you’ll end up with a tension headache, these are the sort of crafts to enjoy with a cuppa on hand.

Sewcial Circle’s braided cord friendship bracelet kit and cord and bead necklace kit are both brilliant; they’re not too fiddly, making them perfectly suited to little hands or anyone who struggles with mobility in their fingers. 

It was the tassel earring kit that won us over as one of the best jewelry-making kits, however, featuring enough silky embroidery floss to make two pairs of earrings, along with gold and silver plated hooks and hardware. You will need a pair of jewelry pliers for the finishing touches (you can pick up a pair for as little as £3.50 at Hobbycraft), but otherwise, everything is included. 

Read our full Sewcial Circle Tassel Earring Kit review

CAST jewelry making kit

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2. CAST Bespoke Jewelery Making Kit

The best professional jewelry making kit

Collection size: 1
Difficulty level : Hard
Collection starting price point: from $39/£29
Reasons to buy
+Freedom to create completely bespoke designs+Choice of different metal finishes
Reasons to avoid
-Casting costs add up quickly 

Unless you’re secretly skilled in the workings of a soldering iron (and other specialist tools), you’d be forgiven for thinking that making your very own precious metal jewelry was a little out of your reach. But we’ve got good news—CAST is making the seemingly impossible possible thanks to a technique called lost-wax casting.

Use the tools included in this kit to turn the various blue-wax forms (from a ring form to various other shapes) into unique-to-you designs. Once you’ve carved your desired piece of jewelry, send it off to CAST who will return it to your cast (see where the name comes from now?) in silver or gold. 

The carving is a little tricky to get the hang of at first—be careful of your fingers—but practice makes perfect, and you can always order replacement wax shapes if you have a mishap. Once you’re in the swing of things, the whole process is seamless and enjoyable.

Read our full CAST bespoke jewelry making kit review 

Jewelry making kit

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3. The Workbench Box

The best ring-making kit

Collection size: 3
Difficulty level: Hard
Collection starting price point: from $158/£115
Reasons to buy
+Unusual and exciting concept+Enables you to create something completely unique 
Reasons to avoid
-No downsides that we can find! 

Always dreamt of making your ings? Get a step closer to the pros (with no expensive training) thanks to this clever little box of joy, brought to you by jewelers and friends Kirstie MacLaren and Katie Woodward. 

It all starts with a little ring of blue wax which can be carefully carved and sculpted to suit your style. If you’re not quite sure where to begin, make the most of the process by following online tutorials, snooping on the brand’s Instagram, or sketching your own designs before using the included craft knife and sandpapers to perfect your ring. The real beauty of this kit is that even if you’ve carefully followed a how-to-guide, the resulting rings will always be unique. Think of it as handwriting; no two people’s scribbles look the same. 

Once you’re happy with your carved ring design, pop it in the post and the clever folk over at The Workbench HQ will use a process called lost-wax casting to turn it into a beautifully shiny, bespoke piece that you can treasure forever.

While this kit is on the pricey side, it’s one of the best jewelry-making kits out there, and worth every penny for the quality of the materials, as well as the joy of knowing you’re the proud owner of a ring that’s one-of-a-kind. A great option for you to enjoy or as a gift for a loved one.

Read our full The Workbench Box review 

macaroon jewelry making kit with beads

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4. Macaroon Luxe DIY Beading Kit

The best beaded jewelry making kit

Collection size: 1
Difficulty level: Easy
Collection starting price point: from $38/£28
Reasons to buy
+Simple for beginners to use +Great selection of quality beads 
Reasons to avoid
-Only one set currently available

Jewelry brand Macaroon has been toying with the idea of launching its jewelry-making kits for years, but it was the pandemic that provided the final push to get the project off the ground. And the kit ticks some major boxes: it’s screen-free, occupies your hands and relaxes frazzled brains. It also makes a gorgeous-looking gift for a friend or family member in need of a little TLC. 

Each kit offers plenty of options for personalization and self-expression: they are packed with a mixture of around 200 beads and charms crafted from glass, shell, pearl, opal, crystal, and semi-precious gemstones, as well as some metal ones. All of the metal beads are lead and nickel-free. 

Your options are increased still further by the additional elements included in the box; you can string beads onto the stretchy elastic to make bracelets, or onto the strong cord to create beautiful, bespoke, beaded necklaces. One of the best jewelry-making kits if you're want beaded creations.

Read our full Macaroon Jewelry Luxe DIY beading Kit review

Stitching Me Softly Friendship Bracelet Making Kit

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5. Stitching Me Softly Friendship Bracelet Making Kit

The best friendship bracelet-making kit

Collection size: 15
Difficulty level: Easy
Collection starting price point: from $20.76/£15.72
Reasons to buy
+Lots of different colors are available +Quality materials 
Reasons to avoid
-Would love to be able to buy the kits in bigger bundles 

Stitching Me Softly specializes in colorful, cotton-yarn friendship bracelets. Its impressive range of 15 sets—which you can find on the brand’s Etsy shop—offers options in an array of vibrant shades.

Each kit comes with an illustrated step-by-step guide to help you along the path of creating the various bracelet styles. Not only is this helpful for beginners, but it serves as a useful reminder if you decide to work on any similar craft projects in the future. Keep your creations for yourself or gift them to friends and family—the choice is yours. 

TOTL Tom Foolery Jewellery Making Kit

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6. TOTL Tom Foolery Jewellery Making Kit

The best jewelry making kit for creative types

Collection size: 8
Difficulty level: Medium
Collection starting price point: from $8/£5.99
Reasons to buy
+Tools included+Sleek packaging
Reasons to avoid
-No cons for us!

Of all the jewelry kits we’ve tried, the TOTL Tom Foolery Full Kit looked the most exciting on first unboxing, which is part of the reason it's made its way onto our list. Three large, shiny pouches contain everything needed to make your necklaces and bracelets. One is brimming with an electric mix of colorful beads, another is dedicated to beads emblazoned with letters and symbols, and the final pouch holds all the practical elements—wire, cutters, and clasps. 

One of the key selling points of this kit is the freedom it offers. There are no set rules or expectations, just the excitement of creating something completely unique. The beads included vary from kit to kit and are generous too, with a single set including enough beads to make a range of pieces.

But don't worry, if you do run out of beads, wire, or clasps there's the option to stock up on refill packs. There are limited edition extensions to the range too, so keep a beady eye on the TOTL Tom Foolery Instagram page for news on those. 

tuparka jewellery making kit earrings

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7. TUPARKA Earring Making Kit

The best earring-making kit

Collection size: 2
Difficulty level: Hard
Collection starting price point: from $10/£14
Reasons to buy
+Great value for such a big kit +Includes jewellery pliers 
Reasons to avoid
-Doesn’t contain any beads or decorative details 

If earrings are your thing, and you want to try your hand at making your own designs, this kit is well worth a look. If you’re a total jewelry making beginner, however, this may not be the best place to start as it doesn’t come with an instruction leaflet or manual. However, for those with a little experience and a few designs in mind, it offers plenty of scope to dream up your own, bespoke pieces, and at scale, too, making it one of the best jewelry making kits out there right now.

Packaged in a compartmentalized container you’ll find 250 earring hooks in six different colors—including silver, rose and yellow gold—650 coordinating jump rings for attaching stones and beads, and 600 earring backs. There’s nothing skimpy about this set. 

When it comes to the fiddly work itself, you’re also well-cared-for: chain nose pliers, a jump ring opener, and tweezers are all included, and come in handy when putting together delicate pieces or even repairing damaged earrings that you already own.  Furthermore, if you’re planning to gift your creations, you’re in luck! The kit also contains earring display cards and clear self-seal bags to package them in. 

KUUQA amazon jewellery making kit

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8. Kuuqa Jewelry Making Kit

The best value-for-money jewelry making kit

Collection size: 1
Difficulty level: Hard
Collection starting price point: from $10/£10
Reasons to buy
+Nice range of beads and charms +Jewelry making tools included 
Reasons to avoid
-Only available in silver

Just like the Tuparka kit, this Amazon set also doesn’t come with any instructions or guidance, which might put off some novice crafters. That being said, it’s easy to find jewelry making tutorials on Youtube if you get stuck.

This particular kit offers great value for money—the tools alone (a brass jump-ring opening tool, pliers, and craft tweezers), make it worth the purchase. Many kits don’t come complete with these, so it’s certainly a selling point. 

As for the jewelry making materials themselves, there’s a nice mix of charms, beads, clasps, and fixings to help you put your necklaces, earrings, and bracelets together, using the beading wire and cord. All in all, a solid and affordable little set for making bracelets or necklaces.

We Are Knitters Macrame Bracelet kit

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9. We Are Knitters Macramé Bracelet kit

The best macramé jewelry making kit

Collection size: 1 (although there’s enough yarn to make at least 10 bracelets)
Difficulty level: Easy
Collection starting price point: $6/£6
Reasons to buy
+You can apply the techniques to any yarn you have+Come in any color you could want+Very affordable price
Reasons to avoid
-Can be fiddly for beginners

We Are Knitters is at the center of the cool crafting scene, specializing in yarn-based kits, stunning embroidery motifs, and bang-on-trend techniques. So when we discovered that their easiest kit to make (and the cheapest) was the Macramé Bracelet kit we jumped at the chance to try it out.

We weren’t disappointed with the results. Macramé is a simple technique to master once you’ve learned the knots, you only need two knotting techniques to make this bracelet. Plus, there are so many color options to choose from on the website. At such an affordable price, you can buy a rainbow of yarns to try out with your new craft skills.

You’ll become addicted to the mindful technique of weaving the yarns and pulling the knots together—in fact, this kit is a great way to switch off after a hard day. The best bit? You get a gorgeous stack of on-trend bracelets at the end of it.

Super Smalls Make It Super DIY Bead Kit

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10. Super Smalls Make It Super DIY Bead Kit

The best bead-making kit

Collection size: 1
Difficulty level: Easy
Collection starting price point: $49/£39.42
Reasons to buy
+Includes hundreds of beads and pendants+Reusable packaging+For ages 4+
Reasons to avoid

Whether you're a beginner or gem-making expert, this DIY Bead Kit offers a full range of creative expression. It brims with over 200 beads and pendants across colors, shapes, and styles to suit any taste; plus, zinc, steel, acrylic, and rubber bands. The bright-yellow box houses pieces in individual compartments for easy access and organization. 

Akola Luxe DIY Bead Kit

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11. Akola Luxe DIY Bead Kit

The best charitable jewelry making kit

Collection size: 1
Difficulty level: Medium
Collection starting price point: $98
Reasons to buy
+Supports greater mission+Features over 200 beads+Great variety
Reasons to avoid
-Only available in the U.S.

Meet Akola, the jewelry-making brand with a twofold mission. Each kit comes with Karatasi beads handcrafted in Uganda, along with six ankole horn charms and a freshwater cultured pearl charm. And with every purchase, Akola reinvests 100% of profits to empower women and families in poverty. Overall, a great way to learn a trade and give back.

Kendra Scott Ellie DIY Bracelet Kit

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12. Kendra Scott Ellie DIY Bracelet Kit

The best luxury jewelry making kit

Collection size: 1
Difficulty level: Medium
Collection starting price point: $98/£74.35
Reasons to buy
+Comes with a portable and trendy pouch+Includes 20+ genuine stone beads and other add-ons
Reasons to avoid
-Limited pieces

More often than not, luxury jewels boast four-digit-plus price tags. Fortunately, Kendra Scott offers a kit with the essentials to make these kinds of pieces from home — at a fraction of the price.

With the Ellie DIY Bracelet Kit, you can mix and match pieces seamlessly. The set spotlights two options in Iridescent and Multi Drusy, and over 20 stone beads in Amethyst, Variegated Turquoise Magnesite, White Howlite and Pink Cat’s Eye. It also comes with a mix of natural baroque pearls, mini tassels, gold bead accents, and vibrant cording with prefixed closures.

What other equipment do I need to make jewelry?

If you're just getting started making your jewelry, some extra tools can help make the journey a little easier. Some of the best jewelry-making kits (including many of the kits mentioned above) come with everything you could need to make your project—while others require wires, pliers, or even wire or elastic thread. Make sure to check if your kit has these things, or whether you need to purchase them alongside the kit as well. 

It can also be helpful to purchase some bead stoppers if you struggle to keep yours on the wire. A beadboard can also be incredibly handy when making your jewelry as well, as it will hold everything in place for you. While you can make your jewelry on your lap or sit at a table, a beadboard will make things so much easier. To make sure you have everything you'll need, our ultimate guide to creating your jewelry starter kit might be helpful. 

What can I make next?

Once you’ve mastered the basics with one of the best jewelry making kits, you can make your own range of bracelets, necklaces and earrings from scratch. Use the same tools from your jewelry kits and some extra beads to get started. You can even repair your own jewelry with the same equipment and techniques.

Jess Beech

Jess Beech is an experienced fashion and beauty editor, with more than eight years experience in the publishing industry. She has written for woman&home, GoodtoKnow, Now, Woman, Woman’s Weekly, Woman’s Own and Chat, and is currently Deputy Fashion & Beauty Editor at Future PLC. 

She caught the magazine bug during a stint as Fashion Editor of her university newspaper alongside her English degree, and hasn’t looked back since. As for the fashion bug, that came as part and parcel of growing up in the 90s, but the less said about that the better!

Jess’ average day in the office is spent researching the latest fashion trends, chatting to industry tastemakers and scouring the internet to bring you this season’s must-buy pieces - as well as advice on how to wear them. Weekends are equally fashion-focused, and Jess has been known to visit no less than five Zara stores in a single day in search of the perfect occasion dress. 

The only thing that comes close to a buzz of finally tracking down that much-coveted dress is the joy of discovering a new beauty wonder product or hero ingredient. A beauty obsessive, Jess has tried everything from cryotherapy to chemical peels (minus the Samantha in Sex and The City-worthy redness) and interviewed experts including Jo Malone and Trinny Woodall.