So Very Simple How To:
Use naturally shaped stone beads for most of the necklace, put the bigger ones down front and smaller ones up the sides. Then put round stone beads in the same color to be at the back of your neck (more comfortable than the clunky stones). I used clear "illusion cord" from Supplemax (like a fishing line).
Beads are from JoAnns, the background paper is from Hobby Lobby.