Jewels were very much a part of British heritage. Extravagance
was shown in their mansions and its contents, their portraiture
with the extravagant clothing and accouterments, and the jewelry
of the time. Jewels, as well as other belongings, were bequeathed
to descendants of families, later to become heirlooms. Of all
ancestral jewels, those of Royal provenance were the most prized.
Families held onto that tradition so well that today we have
many examples that bind us to the past.
was a name given to jewelry that was designed to be a set. The
Parures were usually contained in a lovely case for storage.
In most cases these lovely sets were a necklace, bracelet and
earrings. But I have seen many that included a tiara or hairpins,
brooches and rings.
Parure is a lovely beaded set consisting of a long necklace,
which separates to form a shorter necklace and a bracelet. The
set is completed with a pair of earrings. Lattice Weave is a
variation of Right Angle Weave. It is a lacey stitch that lends
itself well to this design. The Lattice Weave chain is interspersed
with pearl and Swarovski crystal components and Lattice Weave
flowers, adding texture and interest to the necklace. This lovely
necklace has two little toggles that allow a section from the
main portion of the necklace to disconnect, and offer a bracelet
that wraps around the wrist and closes with a toggle. A pair
of Lattice Weave chain and flower earrings adds the final touch.
- Lattice Weave
chain and flowers
- Peyote stitch
for the toggle and loop
- Bead chain making
Photos: Mark Rutledge