Friday, August 5, 2011

Tiaras After Dark: Those Outrageous Elizabethans!

(singing softly)

"Where, oh where, has wee Dosha gone"?

Traveling the world, My Dears! At the moment, I am spending a glorious summer in Ithaca, New York while Dr. B wraps up a study at Cornell. We will be heading back to Europe for a cozy Medieval winter, then it is off to the Panamanian jungle for a year!

History continues to be a main source of inspiration for the jewelry I create, and I thought I'd break my (blog) fast by sharing some of my recent historically inspired custom work with you. I am entirely obsessed with the outrageously ostentatious Elizabethan Era:

I am incredibly inspired by the Elizabethan lace ruffs so prevalent in the portraiture of that time period. Here is my first finished work based on the lace ruff motif:

My crown is in my heart, not in my head,
Nor decked with diamonds and Indian stones,
Nor to be seen; my crown is called contentment;
A crown it is, that seldom kings enjoy.
William Shakespeare

Warmest Wishes (again, at last...),