night, is a beautiful site to behold. While the lights of the
city are reflecting on the Seine, elegantly dressed Parisians
stroll the most famous streets of Paris, taking in the sites
and smells of one of the most beautiful cites in the world. Outdoor
cafes, coffee houses and entertaining establishments, invite
the passerby to stop, relax and enjoy. But this night is like
no other. WWI had just ended, and the times were changing, as
a new eclectic style was about to emerge and take the world by
du Châtelet is full to the brim with chic, high society
patrons and the atmosphere is electric. The curtains open for
the first performance of the season of Diaghilev's Scheherazade
by the Ballets Russes. This night was the turning point for the
future of 20th century decorative design, fashion and jewelry.
The intensely vibrant colors of the stage sets and costume designs,
combined with the sultry beauty and passionate boldness of the
Russian Ballet, lent an exotic, eastern opulence to the performance.
This style had never been seen before and left a heady, magical
atmosphere that was to transform the way woman looked and dressed.
Edwardian fashion for women, contrasted sharply with the provocative
eastern flavor and brilliant costumes worn by the dancers in
the performance. Ladies in pale, frothy confections of lace,
wearing classical jewelry, paled in significance next to the
brilliant colors and pulsating movement of the costumes on the
dancers. Swathes of silk, sensuously moving jewel-toned fabrics;
bare arms and ankles, ropes of pearls and chains of gold left
the audience enthralled. The Ballets Russes and Art Deco had
arrived in Paris!
Early Art Deco
was still figurative, and rather classical, being based on 18th
century styles. Edwardian motifs of flowers, garlands and swags,
remained, but became more stylized. Parisian Nights evokes a
design that is in transition between two distinctive styles of
An antique cushion
cut CZ is bezeled with Czech glass fire polish beads and seed
beads. The bezel transitions to an Art Deco style dagger shape,
using right angle weave and netting techniques. Utilizing a combination
of traditional materials, a new type of cup chain and a CZ drop,
this design begins to step away from one fashion style, entering
the next with ease. The dagger shaped pendant is attached to
a necklace strap constructed in a right angle weave variation
using seed beads, Czech glass beads, Czech and Swarovski pearls.
This elegant necklace closes with a beautiful CZ embellished
Dimensions: 18 inches long, not
including the pendant.
Techniques: Netting, Right-angle
Skill level: Intermediate