Here's a bracelet, made using a general pattern I like a lot: threading multicolored strands through vertical crosspieces woven using flat, even-count peyote stitch (I usually make the crosspiece two or four beads wide) of lighter-colored beads than the horizontal strands.
This is about the simplest variation on this theme that I do --- I also like to do wider, more interesting crosspieces (say, two columns of horizontally-oriented bugle beads bordered and separated by two-bead seed bead columns --- the count is still even, at six beads, when you do this).
Another thing I do a lot in my beading is make my own buttonhole clasps. Rather than having to buy clasps for everything I want to make, I can put a button, a large bead, or a bit of shell or rock on one end of a bracelet or necklace and make an appropriately-sized loop out of seed beads at the other.
Sometimes, as with this tiered bracelet, it can be fun to vary the spacing of the larger focal beads in different strands, for a more interlocked look:Finally, I've also found that asymmetry can make a necklace more interesting, and can call extra attention to the focal element by placing it somewhere unexpected.