Cynthia Rutledge - Contemporary Designs of Timeless Elegance
The Beloved: A Wrap-style Bracelet
©2016 by Cynthia Rutledge

The Beloved: A Wrap-style Bracelet ©2016 by Cynthia Rutledge
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)

Dante Gabriel 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.

My inspiration 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

Dimensions: 1.25 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.

Bezel techniques
Even-count peyote stitch with increasing Flat, odd-count peyote stitch
Embellishing techniques

Kit Contents 

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 the design.

  • 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 included - purchase separately*
  • 90 pieces of 2-hole Shim beads (6x2mm)
  • 6 grams 15° seed beads (A) (main color)
  • 3 grams 15° seed beads (B) (accent color)
  • 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) (main color)
  • 3 gram 11° seed beads (F) (accent color)
  • 1 bobbin One G thread
  • 2 size 11 beading needles
  • 1 plastic storage case

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