Cynthia Rutledge - Contemporary Designs of Timeless Elegance
Symmetry in Motion Earrings: A Circle of Life
©2008 by Cynthia Rutledge

Symmetry in Motion Earrings: A Circle of Life  ©2008 by Cynthia Rutledge
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The history of the circle goes back beyond recorded history. However, the invention of the wheel was a fundamental discovery of the properties of a circle. After that one invention, the world has never been the same.

Historically, the circle has represented unchanging simplicity and infinite symmetry. A form that has no beginning and no end, its shape denoted eternity. As far back as 2000 B.C. the ancient Egyptians made rings studded with stones to signify eternal life and love. The stones, added one at a time in some cases, would signify an event, as in the birth of a baby. These rings are the precursor of the wedding ring. Through time, the circle has always represented a never-ending “circle of trust” and the circle of life.

Symmetry in Motion Earrings: A Circle of Life  ©2008 by Cynthia RutledgeSymmetry in Motion Earrings is another result of my inspiration regarding the amazing circle. For those that are familiar with my work, this form has had a strong voice in many of my pieces. For this design, I am using faceted gemstones and CZ’s that are captured in a metal bezel. The bezel is then beaded and embellished to form a drop-style earring. The last stone swings inside a ring of beadwork that is embellished along the edges. Peyote Stitch with increasing and decreasing along with Picot and Netting techniques join together to celebrate the circle.

Skill level: Intermediate. Must be familiar with Peyote Stitch.

This is a 1-day workshop.

Photos this page by Mark Rutledge.

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