Cynthia Rutledge - Contemporary Designs of Timeless Elegance
Helena of Pergamon
©2008 by Cynthia Rutledge

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Helena of Pergamon ©2008 by Cynthia RutledgeBetween 334 and 323 B.C., Alexander the Great and his armies conquered much of the known world. He and his forces created an empire that stretched from Greece and Asia Minor, through Egypt and the Persian Empire in the Near East, to India. This unprecedented contact with so many cultures, exposed Greek artistic styles to many new influences, henceforth to be known as the Hellenistic Period.

During the first half of the third century B.C., and after the division of the many kingdoms remaining after the death of Alexander the Great, the Attalid royal family of the great city/state of Pergamon (presently the city of Bergama in western Turkey) reigned over much of the western Asia Minor. These Hellenistic kings became prominent patrons of the arts and dictated the styles of the times until around 31 B.C.

The royal families lived in splendor. Elaborate displays of wealth, in the form of banquets and festivals, commissioned works of architecture and sculpture, and the private luxury items such as jewelry, rose to a new standard of excellence. New and elaborate forms of jewelry, incorporating rare and unique precious and semi-precious stones, demonstrated their wealth and good taste. Masterful uses of repousse´, gold mesh and filigree techniques, have left us with an incredible collection of fine wearable art.

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Helena of Pergamon is my contemporary tribute to the Hellenistic Period of jewelry making. Using the Lattice Weave Stitch, a fine mesh strap is made that softly drapes around the neck. The strap ends in two ties that loop over one another for the closure. Taking the design a bit further, pearls are captured within Peyote stitch bezels then hooked together to form geometric shapes. These shapes add embellishment to the mesh at the back of the neck, sides and front, along with the ends of the ties. The elegance of Helena of Pergamon coincides with the fine examples of jewelry from the Hellenistic period, to form a common language, where we all understand the word, "beautiful".

Skill level: Intermediate to advanced.


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