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Alexandra's Sautoir
©2011 by Cynthia Rutledge

Alexandra's Sautoir ©2011 by Cynthia Rutledge

The Imperial families of Russia were avid collectors of fine jewelry, objets d’art, furnishings and glass. Up until the Russian Revolution in 1917, the House of Fabergé was the primary imperial jeweler to the Tsars. With the delivery of the first imperial Easter egg in 1885 to Alexander III, the House of Faberge´ received its imperial warrant. During the reign of Nicholas II, Fabergé’s commission doubled as the new tsar wished to give an egg every year to his mother (Maria Feodorovna) and his wife, Empress Alexandra Feodorovna. As well as being masterpieces of elegance and refinement, the imperial eggs were tours de force of technical virtuosity. The collection that ensued is amazing!

Alexandra’s Sautoir is my interpretation of the floral aspects of the imperial eggs and the bejeweled flowers that were Fabergé’s specialty. A single dimensional stylized flower reigns supreme on a background of pearls. The necklace evokes the style of the early 1900’s pearl Sautoir necklaces, but with a contemporary look.

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The flower center uses tubular Peyote stitch with increasing to create the flower center, the attaching area for the petals and the smoothly shaped back of the flower. Two drop Peyote stitched and color graded petals are attached to the center of the flower, delivering dimensional effects. The flower rests center front on a Right Angle Weave necklace chain that ends in the front with two tassels and in the back with two buttons and a connector.

Skill level: Intermediate to advanced


Photos: Mark Rutledge

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