Cynthia Rutledge - Contemporary Designs of Timeless Elegance
Gabrielle's Earrings
©2018 by Cynthia Rutledge

Gabrielle's Earrings ©2018 by Cynthia RutledgeToday, 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) and her two sisters ended up in a religious convent and orphanage. Her mother had passed away and her father just couldn't handle 5 children, so the girls were sent to the orphanage and the boys shipped off to be farm laborers.

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.

Coco has been quoted many times, but one of my favorites is "In order to be irreplaceable, one must be different" and that is exactly what she portrayed. Her personal style was neat, clean and elegant. Shorter skirts and softer lines; her use of jersey fabrics; the mix of fine jewelry with costume jewelry, and two-toned shoes; are just a few of the revolutionary changes that she made in women's fashion by just being herself!

Gabrielle invented the "little black dress", trimmed down the style of hats, and invented the iconic boxy jacket. She was the first designer to have perfume made for her, the famous and everlasting Chanel N°5. Coco's legacy continues under the lead of Karl Lagerfeld, keeping the House of Chanel on the leading edge of style and elegance.

Gabrielle's Earrings is a blend of styles using inspiration from the long pearl necklaces and mixed chains that were a standard iconic style of Coco's personal style, my design flows from this inspiration right into the art deco period.

A bezeled cushion-cut CZ and a puffy square-shaped pearl drop can be linked together for earrings or a small pendant. The shapes can be used independently from each other for smaller earrings or multiples linked together for a bracelet. Coco said, "Keep your heels, head and standards high", so I think she would be pleased.

Workshop: This is a 3 hour workshop

Skill level: Intermediate

Earrings length: As per the sample shown, these earrings are 2-7/8" long from the top of the ear wire to the bottom of the pearl drop. Swingy and beautiful!

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