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In Plain Sight

Cynthia Rutledge

in plain sight
In Plain Sight ©2020 by Cynthia Rutledge

March

5 Fri

9-3

Class Fee $85.00 + supplies
Prerequisites:

Peyote

   
Skill Level: Advanced    
Technique: Peyote Peyote variation  
Description:

Jewelers 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.

My inspiration 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.

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.

The necklace 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 bar clasp.

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 of earrings.

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