Cynthia Rutledge - Contemporary Designs of Timeless Elegance
Somewhere in Time
©2011 by Cynthia Rutledge

There are so many styles of jewelry that have stood the test of time, being replicated over and over again throughout the centuries. A great example is the swag style necklace. Gemstones set in fine settings, usually with accompanying drops, connected to each other with varying lengths of a chain of some sort. The simplest versions used plain gold chain links, with 2-3 varying lengths between each gemstone component. As the lengths of chain were increased between the components, the chain gave the connections a swag appearance. The look was light and airy, delicate and alluring, as the style showed the wearers skin between the components.

Somewhere in Time ©2011 by Cynthia Rutledge

Over the centuries, the swag style continued with only a few modifications. A great example is the emerald and diamond Parure that was commissioned by Emperor Napoleon and Empress Josephine of France in 1806. They didn’t commission a new style of necklace for their gift to Stéphanie de Beauharnais to honor her marriage to the heir of the Grand Duke of Baden, but a tried and true design in honor of the glories of the empires of ancient Greece and Rome. Large rectangular emeralds surrounded by set diamonds, with open backed settings so the stones showed up more in the light, each component has the accompanying Somewhere in Time ©2011 by Cynthia Rutledgeemerald drop. Connecting the components together are 2 lengths of alternating set stones of emeralds and diamonds linked as chain, connecting to each component in two places. One link is shorter than the other to give the swag look.

Bringing this design into the 21st century, Somewhere in Time, evokes the same alluring qualities as the swag style necklaces did as far back as the 4th century BC. Somewhere in Time has 3 trillion shaped CZs (lab grown corundum stones), surrounded with beadwork, and connected to a CZ pear shaped drop that also has a beaded bezel and is flourished with a cluster of wire-wrapped faceted gemstones. Each component links to the other with 2 lengths of gemstone chain. Bezeled trillions continue the progression around the necklace, separated with the gemstone chain, to end with a beautiful vermeil clasp.

Skill level: Intermediate. The beading skills needed for creating this design is a good knowledge of Peyote Stitch.

This is a 1-day workshop.

Photos: Mark Rutledge

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