My beloved is mine and I am his. Let him kiss me with the
kisses of his mouth; for thy love is better than wine. (The Song
of Solomon 2:16 and 1:2). She shall be brought unto the King
in raiment of needlework; the virgins her companions that follow
her shall be brought unto thee. (Psalms 45:14)
Rossetti's painting "The Beloved" (c.1865-1866) is
inspired by the power of woman's beauty and the biblical Song
of Solomon. The bride draws your eyes to her as she pulls back
her veil to reveal her beauty. Rich colors and exotic fabrics
heighten her sensuality.
The painting has a number of symbolic undertones. The young black
boy offers the bride roses, a symbol of love, but also a Christian
image, indicating someone who is matchless or without peer. The
virgins hold lilies, normally a symbol of purity, but these lilies
are red and suggest passion and physical love. The composition
is interesting, as her attendants crowd around the bride, providing
a rich and sumptuous setting for her jewel-like beauty.
One of the many
things I love about Dante's painting is the wealth of embellishment.
Very few painters of the time included so much jewelry. In the
case of "The Beloved", Dante painted hair ornaments,
necklaces, bracelets and rings. Two of these elements have drawn
my eye for quite some time. One attendant is wearing a fabulous
swirling hair ornament, which has appeared in quite a few of
Dante's painting. The other is the headpiece on the young boy.
for The Beloved: A Wrap-style Bracelet is a combination of design
details from the two pieces of jewelry that have been of great
interest to me in this painting. A wrap-style bracelet with an
interesting lacing technique is the background for the embellishments.
The center component consists of a beautiful puffed ring that
"swirls" on a pearl stem. The second set of components
has a trillion CZ as the center with a puffy bezel to accent
the shape. The last components are 10mm CZ's with a simple bezel.
All of the components are sewn to the wrap bracelet, which ends
with an oval CZ button.
Skill level: Intermediate to advanced
inches at the widest point. The strap is a .5 wide by the desired
length to wrap three times around the wrist. The samples are
18 inches long plus the closure.
Even-count peyote stitch with increasing Flat, odd-count peyote
Our kits are packaged in a tidy
plastic case that snaps shut securely. This case is just the
right size to slip into your bag if you want to take your kit
with you. We carefully label each package of beads and embellishments
in the kit, so you know exactly what to use for each part of
- Full color illustrated diagrams
with row-per-row instructions
- One CZ-set metal ring (15mm)
- One 8mm Swarovski pearl
- Eight 2mm Czech pearls
- CZs - NOT
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- 90 pieces of 2-hole Shim beads
- 6 grams 15° seed beads (A)
- 3 grams 15° seed beads (B)
- 16 grams 11° cylinder beads
(Delica beads) (C) (main color)
- 4 grams 11° cylinder beads
(Delica beads) (D) (accent color)
- 3 gram 11° seed beads (E)
- 3 gram 11° seed beads (F)
- 1 bobbin One G thread
- 2 size 11 beading needles
- 1 plastic storage case