Contemporized Etruscan Jewelry Collection ::The Etruscan Butterfly Necklace
Warren Feld, Jewelry Designer

The Etruscan Butterfly Necklace


The Etruscan Butterfly Necklace

During 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.

The 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 them.

This piece is no exception. The gold butterfly components have hammered out details (repousse). The necklace is an assemblage of similar components, symmetrically arranged.

With 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 stylistic sensibility.



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:


Bracelet as shown (with gold-filled wire and clasp):

Contemporary Etruscan Butterfly Necklace


Abstract Butterfly Girders Bracelet

Using a right-angle weave bead weaving technique, with jointed connectors between segments.

The geometric girders component based on the work of Kathryn Harris in her “Ka-Ching” necklace.


Bracelet, as shown

Necklace, similar to bracelet as shown




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