have been mining the past for inspiration since ancient civilization.
When you look at the history of antique jewelry, you see themes
and techniques vanish and then reappear, over and over again,
altered to fit the times.
A great example
of this exotic style was the wildly popular Egyptian revival
during the 1920's, responding to the discovery of King Tutankhamun's
tomb. The likes of Louis Comfort Tiffany, Louis Cartier and Van
Cleef & Arpels created high jewelry, in the finest materials,
setting the global imagination on fire with their reinvention
of an historic theme using contemporary techniques.
stems from the architectural aspects of the ruins of the ancient
capitol city, Tikal (dating back to around 350 BC and abandoned
in the 9th century AD). This pre-Columbian Mayan civilization
is located in the archaeological region of the Petén Basin,
which is now northern Guatemala. Consumed by the rainforest,
Tikal was "found" again in the 1840's. The site is
famous for its soaring temples, large royal palaces, residences,
gaming courts and even a jail.
In Plain Sight
revives the style of the temple pyramids that are found in Tikal.
From 125 to 230 feet tall, these temple pyramids are made of
limestone and have a stair-step style with a central staircase,
carvings and a flat platform at the top.
The central component
of the necklace is a layering of CRAW square shapes, stacked
on top of one another, topped with a CZ platform. The edges have
crystal embellishments to "tie" the shapes together.
A peyote stitch bezel around a pear CZ adds the dangling element.
consists of alternating smaller CRAW squares embellished with
CZ platforms and CRAW squares left plain, ending with a CRAW
component that leads to a flat peyote stitch strap and metal
A Parure, means a set, and In Plain Sight
really needed a pair of earrings. I used the small square CRAW
component, the smaller bezeled CZ component and the pear drop,
connected to beautiful CZ set ear wires, for a stunning pair
Workshop: This is a -day workshop.
Dimensions: Necklace: Desired length.
My samples are 16 inches long plus the pendant (1.5 inches wide
by 3 inches long). Earrings: .75 inches wide by 2.5 inches long
from the top of the ear wire to the bottom of the pear CZ.
Skill level: Intermediate to advanced.
The basic knowledge of Cubic-Right-Angle Weave (CRAW) is highly
Flat, even count peyote stitch with increasing
Flat, odd count peyote stitch done in the step up/step down technique
Tubular even count peyote stitch