Tuesday, October 6, 2009

There’s just something about a tassel…

The Ancient Egyptians used tassels to decorate the tombs of their royalty, while in 17th century France tassels were a symbol of wealth and style and were incorporated into the costumes of the court at Versailles, in the 1880’s Napoleon Bonaparte’s throne was decorated with tassels and Hermes further encouraged the tassel trend by printing them on their famous scarves.

I have always loved tassels and when I saw the vintage Hermes scarf it inspired me to make something a little less traditional, than the traditional tassel. I combined various lengths and textures of chain and attached them to two large pieces of African hand carved bronze to create Tramonti’s version of the “tassel.” The “tassel” is attached to 27” of chain interspersed with faceted citrine. I like how you can wear this necklace as a belt, a double wrap necklace or simply a long necklace with one “tassel” looped over the other, and I won’t be offended if you decide to use it to tie back your curtains.