In 1847 Louis-François
Cartier (1819-1904) opened the first House of Cartier, becoming
synonymous with exceptional gems, groundbreaking design and exquisite
craftsmanship. Regarded as one of the most prestigious jewelry
manufacturers in the world, this family-owned jewelry house has
had a long history of sales to royalty. King Edward VII of Great
Britain referred to Cartier as "the jeweler of kings and
the king of jewelers".
for their work with diamonds, the firm designed lavish pieces,
often incorporating other stones in new and unusual settings
for contrast and color. The Golden Twenties witnessed an exceptional
alliance of taste, talent and money. The House of Cartier reached
dizzying heights of Art Deco splendor, and as with a lot of other
houses during the 20's, flora and fauna was replaced with bold
geometric shapes, juxtaposed or superimposed on one another.
is a meeting of materials, a collision of contrasts and a marriage
of metal and glass. The word "Arabesque" refers to
an Arabic or Moorish form of artistic decoration based on linier
patterns of scrolling and interlacing foliage or complex geometrical
Thin copper patina
is the base of the central component, cut to an oval shape and
decorated with a beautifully bezeled CZ, using peyote stitch.
The CZ bezel is embellished with pearls and crystals, drawing
the eye to this focal point. The metal form is simply bezeled,
ending with a picot/netting flourish. Behind the scenes, there
is a pearl cabochon "foot" added to support the metal
structure on the collar.
weave, using fire polish beads, is used to create curved 3-D
components that are then laced together to create a form-fitting
collar that makes a statement! The collar ends in a simple closure,
allowing the design to flow around the neck. Art Deco style meets
the 21st century!
Workshop length: This is a 1-day workshop
for advanced students exclusive to ClubBead, February 2020
Skill level: Intermediate
Dimensions: This is a close-fitting collar. The central
component measures 2.25 inches tall by 1.75 inches wide. The
collar width is 1 inch by desired length.
Cubic right angle weave
Cutting 36 gauge metal and plastic
Flat, even count peyote stitch with increasing
Punching holes in the metal shape
Tubular, even count peyote stitch