ZOOM - Pearl Garland for Queen Eleonora by Cynthia Rutledge
Friday, September 23rd, 2022
Pearl Garland for Queen Eleonora by Cynthia Rutledge - Friday, September 23rd
10-4 Pacific Time
When I first set eyes on the painting of Eleonora of Austria (1498 – 1558) by Joos van Cleve (c. 1530), I knew that it was only a matter of time before I had to design a necklace inspired by her beautiful pearl and gemstone garland (a large necklace that could be worn around the neck or waist) depicted in the painting.
This lovely painting shows the Queen consort wearing a brocade bodice with ermine and ruched (gathered) fabric sleeves. The sleeves appear to be tied onto the bodice with cream-colored ties that have set gemstones sewn over the ties. The top edges of the bodice have a track of set gemstones and pearls to add to the opulence of the gown.
Eleonora is wearing a beautiful small tiara of set stones and pearls that ends over the ears with large medallion-shaped bezeled gemstones and huge pearl drops. But it is the garland that first attracted my attention, as it looks beaded! Alternating bezeled gemstones and pearls, divided by some form of a chain, left me in wonder. Very intriguing!
My inspiration, Pearl Garland for Queen Eleonora, has three different medallion styles that link together using small, beaded jump-rings and little beaded links. The combination of pearls, seed beads and a fun bead shape, makes this design intriguing in its construction and lovely to wear. The necklace ends in two beaded buttons and a connector loop, to keep the focal component centered. A beautiful necklace fit for a Queen!
Workshop: This is a one-day workshop
Skill Level: Intermediate to advanced
Necklace length: 18 inches
Techniques: Embellishing techniques, Netting, RAW (right angle weave)