Wednesday, January 5, 2011
A Little Medieval Flair - Juliet's Rockin' Necklace and Earrings
Are you a fan of the tragic star-crossed love story of Romeo and Juliet? Did you know that there are those who believe the story was set much earlier than the Elizabethan age in which it was performed by Shakespeare's players?
Some people believe it was actually set in 1400s Italy. When I finished this necklace, one of my "Ancient Romance" Series, the first thing I thought was "Medieval" and "Juliet." But, whether or not Juliet Capulet was an Elizabethan Miss or a Medieval Miss, the necklace and earrings are terribly romantic, don't you think?
The necklace features an aqua metallic polymer clay cab with an embossed vine and leaf design that I embellished with Vintaj Natural Brass and faceted, Indian Sapphire Swarovski rounds treated with an AB finish; and some vintage, faceted Czech crystal tear drops. I love how the matching earrings turned out, and apparently a lot of folks did, too. I received an order wedding yesterday for 12 pair for some lucky bridesmaids in an April wedding from a very nice young lady who saw them posted on my flickr photostream.
I am also working on a necklace and earrings with other Medieval women in history and literature in mind. I am especially fascinated by Eleanor of Aquitaine, Queen of France and England by virtue of her marriages to Louis VII of France and Henry II of England, and one of the most powerful women ever; and Mary de Bohun, the Queen Consort of Henry IV, both of whom, if the genealogy is accurate, are ancestors of mine. I don't know how much credence to give to that kind of claim, however, because if we dig back far enough, probably everyone is related to a King or Queen or two. It was a small world back then. It won't get me bumped up in the checkout line at the grocery store, but it makes for some fascinating study.