Cynthia Rutledge - Contemporary Designs of Timeless Elegance
Keyed Up: The Key of Secrets
©2010 by Cynthia Rutledge

Keyed Up: The Key of Secrets ©2010 by Cynthia RutledgeThe earliest documentation for a diary is in the mid 1500’s, but it didn’t see its heyday until the 1700’s. The growing literacy rates, the availability of cheaper paper and a heightened awareness of the “self” seem to be the main factors explaining the rise of diary-keeping.

For historians, diary accounts are a window to the past. Mostly handwritten, diaries recorded the events of the day in order of date. There are many famous diaries, but most of us know about the one written by Anne Frank (circa 1944) who wrote of her family’s life in hiding during WW11, and to this day, has been a well-read account of the horrors of war.

Diaries allowed the author to meditate regularly on personal triumphs and failings, give thanks for marriages and births and seek consolation for illness and death. Whether logging the day’s events, writing about love or the loss of it, voicing political opinions or documenting secret thoughts, the diary remains the ultimate key to the secrets of the heart.

Keyed Up: The Key of Secrets ©2010 by Cynthia RutledgeKeyed Up is a series documenting the use of keys in history. The Key of Secrets is the first in the series focusing on the locked diary. A key is comprised of three different parts, the bow (the portion of the key that is held as it enters the lock), the shaft (the portion of the key that enters the lock), and the bit (the tooth that sticks out alongside the shaft that opens the lock).

A Peyote stitch bezel encircles a trillion-shaped CZ, forming the bow of this beautiful key. CZs set into fine metal settings, pearls and seed beads complete the embellishing and bail of the key. Set CZs line up in a channel of Peyote stitch creating the shaft ending with a Peyote Stitch bezel around a pearl. The bit completes the look using set CZs and seed beads. The necklace portion of this design uses a chain making technique to create an elegant chain for The Key Of Secrets.

Note: The key measures 2.75" long and 3/4" wide at the widest point

Skill Level: Intermediate to advanced

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