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The Bernard Strigel Necklace – as close as I can get it

I very rarely try to make replicas of anything, it is actually something I try NOT to do, as I just don’t have the skills or the materials to make something really similar. I also prefer creating my own originals inspired by history and my own imagination. But lately, I’ve made TWO pieces that I’ve tried to get as close to the originals as I could, using the techniques and materials I have a at hand. The first was the Cheapside Hoard grape pendant that you can read about in my post previous to this, and now here’s my version of a necklace that can be found in a fantastic painting, “Portrait of a Woman” by the painter Bernhard Strigel. He was born in Memmingen, Germany in 1460 and died 1528.

Painting by Bernhard Strigel, early 16th century, Germany. Necklace by me.

Painting by Bernhard Strigel, early 16th century, Germany. Necklace by me.

Judging by the cut of the lady’s dress, I would think the painting was painted around 1510. I decided to try to make a version of the necklace in the painting because it is different from other necklaces I’ve seen from the era, as they are often more massive and contain more gold than this one. The pearls in this necklace makes it seem both delicate and massive to me, in a very pleasing combination. Well, about 170 freshwater pearls later, here is the result. I also used brass findings and vintage glass stones. I took some freedoms with the pendant, as I didn’t have the right kind of finding or stone for the oval shape, but I’m happy with my end result. I also decided to make the little drops hanging on the sides from flower shaped bead caps and red and green glass beads. I have no evidence for them really being  two colors, but it’s hard to see what they really looked like in the photo I’ve had at hand, and I love the effect of the two colors, so…

Enjoy the photos below. The necklace will be for sale in my Etsy shop very soon.

© Johanna Lawrence

© Johanna Lawrence

© Johanna Lawrence

Back view of the pendant.

Back view of the pendant.

© Johanna Lawrence

6 comments on “The Bernard Strigel Necklace – as close as I can get it

  1. Shelly
    January 9, 2013

    I love how you always do the backs!! It makes everything look so polished! ❤

    • johannalundqvist
      January 9, 2013

      Thank you Shelly, I’m glad you noticed! It’s important to me that my jewelry looks nice from all angles. 🙂

  2. Alyna
    January 10, 2013

    Oh that is so pretty, I may just have to buy that one! But I am suppose to be saving up for my other orders I have placed…..but it is so pretty!!! And I have not bought any fabric for the last month……..

    • johannalundqvist
      January 10, 2013

      🙂 I’m so happy you like it! I will put it up on Etsy today, it took quite a lot of time and was fiddly to make so it’s in the higher range price wise for my jewelry, it will cost 385 Euros.

  3. Heike Kubasch
    March 25, 2013

    What size freshwater pearls did you use? Also what are the dimensions of the gems and their settings? This is gorgeous piece that I really want.

    • johannalundqvist
      March 25, 2013

      🙂 I used 7-8 mm freshwater pearls, but I would recommend using 6-7 mm or maybe even 5-6 mm, depending on your neck size of course, I felt this one became slightly too large, and I think a slightly smaller pearl would result in a necklace even more like the original. The gems on the necklace band was 12×10 mm, I built the settings from a few different jewellery components, but it’s easy to find regular 12×10 mm settings out there of course. Just remember you will want to attach them to the pearl band somehow, I “sewed” them on using the pearl holes, so to speak, so the settings need to have holes or, like in my case, need to be mounted on some kind of little stampings/connectors with holes. I built the pendant from an assortment of different jewellery part, that was the really fiddly bit. The stone was slightly larger than the ones on the pearl band. And as for the rest of the pendant, I had to use whatever I had at hand and use my imagination to create something as close as I could to the pendant in the painting. And glue. Glue is a vital tool in this kind of project. 😀

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