I first set eyes on the painting of Eleonora of Austria (1498
- 1558) by Joos van Cleve (1485 - 1540/1541) (c. 1530), I knew
that it was only a matter of time before I had to design a necklace
inspired by her beautiful pearl and gemstone garland (a large
necklace that could be worn around the neck or waist) depicted
in the painting.
This lovely painting
shows the Queen consort wearing a brocade bodice with ermine
and ruched fabric sleeves. The sleeves appear to be tied onto
the bodice with cream-colored ties that have set gemstones sewn
over the ties. The top edges of the bodice have a track of set
gemstones and pearls to add to the opulence of the gown.
is wearing a beautiful small tiara of set stones and pearls that
ends over the ears with a large medallion-shape bezeled gemstone
and a huge pearl drop. But it is the garland that first attracted
my attention, as it looks beaded! Alternating bezeled gemstones
and pearls, divided by some form of a chain, left me in wonder.
Pearl Garland for Queen Eleonora, has three different medallions
styles that link together using small circular links. The combination
of pearls, seed beads and a fun new bead shape, makes this design
intriguing in its construction and lovely to wear. The necklace
ends in two beaded buttons and a connector loop, to keep the
focal component centered. A beautiful necklace fit for a Queen!