on the rocks

I’m trying to reconstruct this outfit on Elizabeth Woodville because I need a costume project at the moment (I occasionally need a break from embroidery), but I’m using the earliest version of the painting – there are about seventeen or so versions, and reconstructions I’ve seen of various elements have all used the later versions.

I’m starting with the jewels. I’m reconstructing the band as a flat double loop-in-loop chain, rather than the elaborate scales seen in later versions of the portrait, and putting stones on the petals of the central element – which is shown as plain metal in later versions.

so I’ve been contemplating my stash. I think the central stone in the painting is a plainly cut diamond, which I don’t have, so I’m going for a moonstone for similarity of colour(the moonstones don’t come out well in this photo – they really have a nice bit of fire in them), and I have a choice of amethysts for the petals.

I can’t decide whether to go for the small marquise cuts on the left, or the big teardrops on the right. The teardrops are considerably better quality stones, but the marquise are daintier.

Am beginning to think I’ll have to make both to decide which I like better and then hope I can sell the reject.

~ by opusanglicanum on March 21, 2018.

9 Responses to “on the rocks”

  1. That looks like it will be a beautiful piece! Everything you do is so inspiring!

  2. I can’t imagine you would have trouble selling the one you don’t want!

  3. The painting seems to suggest to me that the amethysts should be smaller than the centre stone, but … it’s hard to tell how much is embroidery and how much is stone.

  4. Go with the bigger ones (right) — staying with your normal approach: more is more! Plus the moonstones will never be diamonds (no matter how beautiful the moonstones), so make the whole thing a whole thing. (I like the larger ones 🙂 )

    • I kind of went with moonstone because they’re pretty, and the only squares I had the right size – I usually think black is a good substitute for early diamonds.
      the larger amethysts are lovely quality, very deep purple and clear, whereas the smaller ones are a bit cloudy and pale – the big ones a definitely more suitable for a queen

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