Elizabethan Inspired Pearl Tiered Necklace

The “Elizabethan Inspired Pearl Tiered Necklace” is featured in the winter issue of Perles et Cetera magazine as a four page step by step project.  This is the english translation.

Elizabethan Inspired Pearl Tiered Necklace by Carmi Cimicata for John Bead

If you have ever studied more than one painting of the Elizabeth the 1st, you would have to take note of the many pearls that she wore throughout her hair, clothing and on her personal items.  She literally had hundreds of pearls on her person.  She was a Queen known for her love of clothing and it is documented that she had over 2000 gowns created.

Pearls were widely available in Elizabethan times and I am certain Queen Elizabeth kept the pearl collecting and stringing industries busy.  If a queen wears pearls, so will all the members of her court along with anyone wanting to appear well dressed in her company.

Elizabeth’s designers would have used real pearls.  Seeing so many draped in row upon row of strands reminds me that many of the current statement necklaces have been inspired by jewelry designs over 200 years old.  Imagine if Elizabeth would have had access to the new glass and coloured pearls?  Would she have incorporated the neons, pastels or other colour palettes into her clothing?  I believe she would have.  She had many unusual and one of a kind dresses made.  These would have been assembled and worn for one-time only special events.  Surely a bright yellow pearl necklace would have been desired?

I decided to create a necklace for her featuring Dazzle-it Vintage Pink glass pearls.   Glass being much more affordable, I knew I could design a necklace with many draped strands without fear of going over budget.  I also created my own resin filled bezel pendant featuring Elizabeth the 1st as a focal point for my necklace.

My necklace features pearls, rhinestone beads and a resin filled bezel I designed featuring a portrait to Queen Elizabeth 1st.

 

A google search of Queen Elizabeth shows us many paintings and portraits along with some portraits of her mother Anne Boleyn.  This painting enlarged here is a favorite and features so many pearls.

I printed and cut out a copy of the painting and placed it into my bezel.  I covered the image with resin.

When my bezel was ready I gathered all my supplies for this project.  The vintage pink pearls look so wonderful gathered in a group.  I worked with three sizes of pearls along with three sizes of rhinestone beads.

The back of my Instant Glam bezel has two attachments.  I strung my pearls through these opening.

It took some time to string all my different strands.  I used a beading board to help me choose where to place the rhinestone beads.

With five strands to link, I was careful to use a thicker jump ring to attach my pearls to my clasps.

This is a simple stringing project, but the pearls and beads create a stunning result.  I am quite certain I will feel like royalty when I wear my necklace!

 

Elizabethan Inspired Pearl Tiered Necklace

The “Elizabethan Inspired Pearl Tiered Necklace” is featured in the winter issue of Perles et Cetera magazine as a four page step by step project.  This is the english translation.

Elizabethan Inspired Pearl Tiered Necklace by Carmi Cimicata for John Bead

If you have ever studied more than one painting of the Elizabeth the 1st, you would have to take note of the many pearls that she wore throughout her hair, clothing and on her personal items.  She literally had hundreds of pearls on her person.  She was a Queen known for her love of clothing and it is documented that she had over 2000 gowns created.

Pearls were widely available in Elizabethan times and I am certain Queen Elizabeth kept the pearl collecting and stringing industries busy.  If a queen wears pearls, so will all the members of her court along with anyone wanting to appear well dressed in her company.

Elizabeth’s designers would have used real pearls.  Seeing so many draped in row upon row of strands reminds me that many of the current statement necklaces have been inspired by jewelry designs over 200 years old.  Imagine if Elizabeth would have had access to the new glass and coloured pearls?  Would she have incorporated the neons, pastels or other colour palettes into her clothing?  I believe she would have.  She had many unusual and one of a kind dresses made.  These would have been assembled and worn for one-time only special events.  Surely a bright yellow pearl necklace would have been desired?

I decided to create a necklace for her featuring Dazzle-it Vintage Pink glass pearls.   Glass being much more affordable, I knew I could design a necklace with many draped strands without fear of going over budget.  I also created my own resin filled bezel pendant featuring Elizabeth the 1st as a focal point for my necklace.

My necklace features pearls, rhinestone beads and a resin filled bezel I designed featuring a portrait to Queen Elizabeth 1st.

 

A google search of Queen Elizabeth shows us many paintings and portraits along with some portraits of her mother Anne Boleyn.  This painting enlarged here is a favorite and features so many pearls.

I printed and cut out a copy of the painting and placed it into my bezel.  I covered the image with resin.

 

When my bezel was ready I gathered all my supplies for this project.  The vintage pink pearls look so wonderful gathered in a group.  I worked with three sizes of pearls along with three sizes of rhinestone beads.

The back of my Instant Glam bezel has two attachments.  I strung my pearls through these opening.

 

It took some time to string all my different strands.  I used a beading board to help me choose where to place the rhinestone beads.

With five strands to link, I was careful to use a thicker jump ring to attach my pearls to my clasps.

This is a simple stringing project, but the pearls and beads create a stunning result.  I am quite certain I will feel like royalty when I wear my necklace! 

Supplies Used

Dazzle-it Pastella Czech Glass Beads 8in Strands Vintage Pink 

4mm    6mm    8mm 

John Bead Rhinestone Beads

8mm    10mm    12mm 

Metal Complex Instant Glam Tuscany

Diamond Bezel 70mm Silver

Jewelry Making Components

Dazzle-It Classic Slim Tool Set

Beadalon Bead Stringing Wire and EZ Crimps

Pewter Toggle Clasp Set and Jump Rings

Envirotex Jewelry Resin

Beading Board

 

 

Pastel Statement Necklace for Perles et Cetera Magazine

 

By Carmi Cimicata for Dazzle-it and John Bead Corp.

Pastels have gone mainstream.  No longer just for summer, pastel wools, fibers and winter fabrics mean that you can wear these lovely colours throughout the year.  They were represented throughout the fall ready to wear collections.

 

The current issue of Perles et Cetera just hit the magazine stands.  As the magazine is a french publication, I am providing the english translation of the project here.  The necklace tutorial features our Dazzle-it Pastella beads.

This pastel statement necklace could be the fastest one you will ever make!  The focal piece is a sequined beaded applique that you would find in any store supplying products for costume designers.  These appliques are normally sewn onto fabric.

The back of an applique is not meant to be seen.  I glue felt to the reverse when I use the applique as a jewelry component.

 

Now my piece is lined and it will feel soft if it comes into contact with skin.

I strung my Pastella beads into four different strands.  EZ crimps make it very easy to finish these strands making them instantly attachable.

I hand-sewed a soldered jump ring to both sides of the applique.

 

I cut some Dazzle-it fancy chain to match the length of my bead strands.  The Pastella beads looked great alone, but the silver leaf chain added extra sparkle.  Then I joined the chain and beads to the applique with a jump ring.

I used another jump ring to attach each set of beads and chain to the magnetic clasp.

The necklace is ready to wear!

Products Used 

Dazzle-it Starlight Blue Pastella Beads 4mm

Dazzle-it Starlight Blue Pastella Beads 6mm

Dazzle-it Fancy Chain Leaves 3x9mm Silver

John Bead Outlet – Sequined Beaded Blue Applique

Dazzle-it Tiger Tail Wire

Soldered Jump Rings 8mm

John Bead Outlet – Magnetic Crystal Clasp

Beadalon EZ Crimp 3.5mm Ring

Silver Jump Rings 6mm

White craft felt

Tools

To cut my fancy chain:

Dazzle-It Japanese Style Pliers  4.5inch Side Cutter

To open and close jump rings:

Dazzle-It Japanese Style Pliers 5.5inch Flat Nose

Bead Design Board