Art Deco Pearl Earrings: Inspired by Downton Abbey

Nov 22, 2012

There are a lot of things I'm looking forward to in the New Year, but at the top of my list is the return of Downton Abbey (here in the U.S. it's on PBS). I'd almost be willing to bypass the rest of the holidays altogether for the first day of season 3 to be here (almost).

I must admit I'm obsessed with the show, especially the costumes and set décor. To say it influences my recent jewelry designs would be an understatement. I now want everything to be pearls, and I decided to make a simple pair of earrings that I could wear to the office or to dinner. I used seed beads, netting, and picots to embellish crystal pearls in two colors, then connected the pearls at two points with seed beads. Each ear wire was attached to a seed bead loop with a jump ring.

Easy and elegant!

I'm not the only bead-stitching fan of the show. See a post from Jen on Beading Daily HERE. And stay tuned: the Interweave Knits team will be releasing a special publication inspired by the show in fall 2013. In the meantime, I highly recommend you check out Downton Abbey's 2-hour season 3 premier on January 6 on PBS.

What inspires your fashion sense and jewelry designs lately?

Bead chic,

Kate Wilson
Project Editor


Silver-lined clear size 15° seed beads (The Bead Cache)
Silver-lined pale pink purple opal size 11° seed beads (
Swarovski cream 8mm crystal pearls (
Swarovski powder almond 10mm crystal pearls (
22k gold-plated 4mm jump rings (Beadaholique)
22k gold-plated 16mm French ear wires (Beadaholique)
FireLine 6lb braided beading thread (

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czecher wrote
on Nov 24, 2012 6:49 AM

Oh, I'm SO glad there's someone else that's as enamoured of the show as I am. I live in fear that Season 3 will be Dan Stevens' last with the series. (And, 'yes', I'm old enough to be his mother, but I can't help it). The costumes, hats, jewelry, clothes......I could go on. Happy viewing!

lmfrdc wrote
on Nov 24, 2012 8:16 AM

How about a crochet version of the knit Downton Abbey next fall issue?  That I would be very interested in...... Thanks, Lynette

moonsea wrote
on Nov 24, 2012 9:17 AM

For our Downton fan cousins in America, Season 3 is now out on DVD, there is to be a Christmas special (like last year) on Christmas Day, Season 4 is already shooting and another Christmas special is forecast for 2013. I count myself very lucky to be able to watch it in England, so I hope it won't be too long a wait for you in the States.

Kate Wilson wrote
on Nov 26, 2012 2:27 PM

Yes, Czecher, I agree with you about Dan Stevens. I hope he stays on the show!

Lmfrdc, I'm not sure if a crochet version of the publication is in the works or not, but keep your eyes peeled!

Moonsea, I can't wait for Season 3! I know my pals in the U.K have already seen it, and I've told them not to tell me what happens!

I'm so anxious to see all the new costumes for the roaring 20s era of the show, including flapper-style jewelry! I'm looking for tassels and extralong strands of pearls and beaded chains with filigree! Can't wait!