Style Snapshot: Tassel Jewelry Designs
by Lisa Coen, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

Tassel jewelry offers a classic look that has been admired for ages. Jewelry artists are capitalizing on this style by creating with tassels composed of chain, gemstone chips, small beads and crystals, seed beads and silk thread. Just about any small material or textile will work.

Before they became ornamental, tassels simply finished the ends of groups of thread or string as knots by creating a 'head' and 'skirt' to prevent unraveling. In the 16th century, the first Guild of Passementiers was created in France to document passementerie, which is the art of making decorative trimmings such as braids, cords, embroidery, fringes and tassels.

Tassels have been used as ornamentation for interior design elements such as pillows, blankets and drapery. Tassels could be found on most textiles, including clothing, during the Victorian era. In Western cultures, they have also been used to represent military or social rank on uniforms.

Colorful tassels are still the finishing touch on mortarboards worn by graduating high school and college students. Fishing enthusiasts may use plastic or wool variations of tassels as part of their fishing lures.
Style Snapshot: Tassel Jewelry Designs

Style Snapshot: Tassel Jewelry Designs Style icons like Natalie Portman, Ivanka Trump and Gwyneth Paltrow are among a large group of celebrities currently wearing tassel jewelry. In 2010s "The King's Speech," Eve Best's character, Wallis, wore a daring tassel jewelry design that accented her bare back in a low-cut dress. Not stopping at jewelry, fashionista Nicole Richie created a line of retro-chic sunglasses featuring removable chain tassels at the end of the earpieces.

Creating Tassel Jewelry

Tassel designs can be created easily with chain and jumprings, and the style works for both glamorous and casual dress. Tassel earrings are especially elegant when designed as long flowing shoulder dusters. Experiment with various materials to create tassels. Strands of silk, satin and fabric cord are great textiles for designing larger tassels.

Tassels are a fantastic focal point in designs whether in collar necklaces adorned with multiple tassels, long necklaces with one tassel or when featured on bracelets, earrings, hair pins, belts and purses.

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