Cynthia Rutledge - Contemporary Designs of Timeless Elegance
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Regalia de las Reinas de España  ©2017 by Cynthia RutledgeRegalia de las Reinas de España New!
©2017 by Cynthia Rutledge

The Atocha was a Spanish galleon that was heavily laden with gold and silver coins and ingots, religious gold jewelry, Peruvian emeralds, tobacco, indigo, silver plate as well as intriguing personal items. One item that really caught my eye was a series of gold links that looked like parts of a 14th to 16th century girdle (a long gold necklace of sorts that was worn around the waist or the shoulders). Girdles were status symbols of power and wealth and position. Usually made of gold, they were incrusted with gemstones and pearls. The regalia of Queens!

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Three Nights in Paris ©2017 by Cynthia Rutledge
Three Nights in Paris New!
©2017 by Cynthia Rutledge

Three Nights in Paris is inspired by the all of the imagery I viewed while I was researching information about early Paris. As I was designing, I kept thinking about how amazing it would have been to visit Paris during the exhibitions and the wonders that I would have seen. As an artist, I am sure I would have been humbled (and inspired) by the skills of the artisans exhibiting. Wonders of the world!

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Lost, and then Found
©2016 by Cynthia Rutledge

Lost, and then Found   ©2016 by Cynthia RutledgeLost, and then Found, is my fifth design inspired by the historical significance of sunken treasure. A wrap-style bracelet of two strips of peyote stitch joined with pearls follows my inspiration from the "money chains" found aboard the galleon. The bracelet ends with a CZ button and loop connection. Five components embellish the top wrap of the bracelet representing the coins and gemstones that were part of the Atocha's treasure. As the bracelet wraps around the wrist, the embellishments ride on the diagonal lending a very attractive, contemporary look to this bracelet.

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The Color of Money ©2016 by Cynthia Rutledge
The Color of Money
©2016 by Cynthia Rutledge

Who knew that my interest in sunken treasure would lead to a whole series of beadwork designs based on this premise?

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 Treasures of the Atocha ©2016 by Cynthia RutledgeTreasures of the Atocha
©2016 by Cynthia Rutledge

"Treasures of the Atocha" is my second design based on sunken treasure.

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Timeless Beadwork Design by Cynthia RutledgeTimeless Beadwork Designs
A Book by Cynthia Rutledge

My new book, Timeless Beadwork Designs, celebrates my 20th year in this business and is a "thank you" to all of you, my friends, students and customers.

Timeless Beadwork Designs has 15 brand new projects. My inspirations came from art, history and design from the 1400's to the 1900's. There are 2-3 different colorways for each project resulting in 31 pieces of beadwork to inspire you to bead: five necklaces, four bracelets, three pairs of earrings, two rings and a brooch.

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Errata Sheet for Timeless Beadwork Designs: Download Here


2016 Excellence in Jewelry Artistry AwardCynthia Rutledge - 2016 Excellence in Jewelry Artistry Award Recipient

Well, you could have knocked me over with a feather when I received an email from Show Manager, Marlene Vail, of the Bead & Button Show, that I was being awarded the 2016 Excellence in Jewelry Artistry Award! I am in great company that is for sure. The award has been given out once a year since 2004. I proudly will be showing the award logo on my website.

Thank you, Bead & Button,
for your kind recognition.


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Updated: 19 March 2017
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