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Estelle's Sautoir ©2017 by Cynthia RutledgeEstelle's Sautoir
©2017 by Cynthia Rutledge

When Estelle Arpels, the daughter of a gem dealer, married Alfred Van Cleef, the son of a stonecutter, it was the beginning of a love story, like no other, and a great adventure beyond expectation!

A Sautoir is a French term for a long necklace that suspends a tassel or other ornament. This style has developed over time but probably the most popular sautoirs were woven or twisted ropes of pearls suspending a tassel.

Estelle's Sautoir designed exclusively for the South Florida Jewelry Arts Guild Bead Retreat - February 2018

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Gabrielle's Muse ©2017 by Cynthia RutledgeGabrielles' Muse: An Elegant Sautoir
©2017 by Cynthia Rutledge

Today, known only as Chanel, the House of Chanel denotes elegance, class and a style, developed over time, that revolutionized the dress of the modern woman.

Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel (1883-1971) was born to working parents, but as life has other plans at times, Gabrielle (age 12) ended up in a religious convent and orphanage.

From such humble beginnings, but well trained in sewing at the orphanage, Gabrielle went on to making it her mission to change the way women dressed. She felt that women were wearing what men had designed and she wanted women to change their relationship with their bodies and their way of life, offering freedom from corsets and the restricting underpinnings of her time.

Gabrielle's Muse designed exclusively for Beads on the Vine - 2018

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NEW! Bead & Button Master Class 2018:

Beadwork & Metal - Meet in the Middle  ©2017 by Cynthia RutledgeBeadwork & Metal: Meet in the Middle
©2017 by Cynthia Rutledge

I'm excited to be teaching another Master Class at Bead & Button in 2018. I wanted to give you a heads up now because there is a lottery for signing up for the class. The earlier the better. Registration is open NOW.

The best of both worlds come together in this workshop to explore the process of creating miniature boxes. In the 18th century, Grand Tours were "de rigueur" for the royal families of Europe and wealthy young men experiencing life before settling into the demands of having a family, along with couples on their honeymoon.

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Angel of Music Earrings New!
©2017 by Cynthia Rutledge

Inspired by the opulence of the Palais Garnier, Angel of Music Earrings, evoke a style that is timeless. Simple, beautiful and elegant, these earrings would fit right in with attire appropriate for the opera, a night out on the town or a quiet dinner. Three components, bezeled using two different approaches, end with a flourish of beautiful ear wires and a herringbone embellishment.

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Regalia de las Reinas de España  ©2017 by Cynthia RutledgeRegalia de las Reinas de España New!
©2017 by Cynthia Rutledge

The Atocha was a Spanish galleon that was heavily laden with gold and silver coins and ingots, religious gold jewelry, Peruvian emeralds, tobacco, indigo, silver plate as well as intriguing personal items. One item that really caught my eye was a series of gold links that looked like parts of a 14th to 16th century girdle (a long gold necklace of sorts that was worn around the waist or the shoulders). Girdles were status symbols of power and wealth and position. Usually made of gold, they were incrusted with gemstones and pearls. The regalia of Queens!

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Three Nights in Paris ©2017 by Cynthia Rutledge
Three Nights in Paris New!
©2017 by Cynthia Rutledge

Three Nights in Paris is inspired by the all of the imagery I viewed while I was researching information about early Paris. As I was designing, I kept thinking about how amazing it would have been to visit Paris during the exhibitions and the wonders that I would have seen. As an artist, I am sure I would have been humbled (and inspired) by the skills of the artisans exhibiting. Wonders of the world!

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

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.

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Timeless Beadwork Design by Cynthia RutledgeTimeless Beadwork Designs
A Book by Cynthia Rutledge

My new book, Timeless Beadwork Designs, celebrates my 20th year in this business and is a "thank you" to all of you, my friends, students and customers.

Timeless Beadwork Designs has 15 brand new projects. My inspirations came from art, history and design from the 1400's to the 1900's. There are 2-3 different colorways for each project resulting in 31 pieces of beadwork to inspire you to bead: five necklaces, four bracelets, three pairs of earrings, two rings and a brooch.

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Updated: 15 November 2017
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