Cynthia Rutledge - Contemporary Designs of Timeless Elegance
It's About Time!
©2010 by Cynthia Rutledge

It's About Time ©2010 by Cynthia RutledgeObtaining the correct time, today, is as easy as looking at your iPhone or your wristwatch. We are a society possessed by time! I often wonder at the fact that time is everywhere but we seem to have so little of it. Our ancestors dealt with time differently than we do today. Tasks were done within the amount of time they needed. Artisans worked until the piece was complete, time not an issue. People gathered for Church, meetings and appointments, work, meals and visiting using the sun, and later tall clocks, to approximate the time.

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It wasn’t until the 16th century that small clocks, known as watches, could be carried around on your person. These watches were quite large, worn on chains around the neck or on a girdle (a form of chain belt) around the waist. Watches became a status symbol of wealth and authority, being a prized possession of their owners. The earliest watches were poor timekeepers, however, by the 17th century great changes were made in their movements, further improving performance. Known as Verge Fusee’s, these watches could now be made much smaller, hence the name “pocket watch”. By the 18th century, pocket watches were much more accurate and were becoming readily available to the middle class. Artisans and watchmakers worked together to make accurate, key wound, pocket watches enhanced with beautiful dials, gold and silver cases, enameled images and gemstone work, making pocket watches small works of art.

It's About Time ©2010 by Cynthia Rutledge“It’s About Time!” is my tribute to the pocket watch. This “sautoir style” necklace ends with a “stylized” pocket watch. The necklace portion of the design consists of strips of Peyote stitch, some solid and some with “windows” that link to gem encrusted pivot point embellishments, adding flexibility.

The pocket watch is made using a metal frame that has a resin-coated image of an original 18th century watch dial on one side. The frame is encased in seed beads then embellished with crystals. My variation of the watch stem and bow is a bail that is embellished with a set CZ.

A Peyote stitch key hangs at the ready waiting to wind our pocket watch. The key is 18th century in style with a floweret encrusted end set.

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