The Etruscan Butterfly Necklace
the middle and latter part of the 1800's, there were major archaeological
projects all over the classical world, including Rome and the Italian
peninsula. The beauty and craftsmanship of Etruscan jewelry had gone
largely unnoticed and unacknowledged after 500 AD, until this time.
These archaeological projects, and the wealth of artifacts and jewelry
they uncovered, sparked the public's imagination, triggering Revival
Styles in architecture, art, fashion and jewelry. Etruscan jewelry
experience revival styles in the late 1800's, the 1920's, the 1950's
and the 1980's.
Butterfly Necklace is an Etruscan Revival Piece from the 20th century.
Like the pieces associated with all Revival Styles, there was a tendency
to copy original Etruscan jewelry components, and not to contemporize
piece is no exception. The gold butterfly components have hammered
out details (repousse). The necklace is an assemblage of similar components,
my contemporized versions of this Butterfly Necklace, I've used bead
weaving techniques (brick stitch, peyote stitch, ndebele stitch, right
angle weave), some simple wire working and bead stringing assembling.
Here I work with components, their coloration and dimensionality,
and the arrangement of these components to create a more contemporary
Etruscan Butterfly Bracelet
In my Contemporizing Traditional Etruscan
Jewelry Workshop, the development of this Butterfly Bracelet
is used as an challenge to see how many different arrangements
of the bracelet components participants can come up with. Here
are some examples of different types of arrangements students
have come up with.
Finished Etruscan Butterfly Bracelet Piece:
as shown (with gold-filled wire and clasp):
Etruscan Butterfly Necklace
Butterfly Girders Bracelet
a right-angle weave bead weaving technique, with jointed connectors
The geometric girders component based on the work of Kathryn
Harris in her “Ka-Ching” necklace.
similar to bracelet as shown
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