For the many customers who have written me to ask if I watched the marvelous series "The Tudors": of course! The costumes and jewelry alone made the series a must-see for anyone who loves Renaissance history. These new earrings are a modern adaptation of the pearl earrings that were very popular during that time.
Pearls have always been loved, but during the Renaissance they were an integral part of any piece of jewelry. Pearl earrings were worn not only for their beauty but to display the wealth and status of the lady. This simple drop style of pearl earrings is timelessly romantic and feminine: a precious metal hoop with a single pearl drop.
The 13mm. hoops are sterling silver-filled, and latch in the back for easy closing. The 8mm. drops are Swarovski pearls (a Swarovski crystal base coated with layers of pearl nacre). They are worked on sterling silver pins, with Florentine-style silver-plated filigree beadcaps, with 3 rice-shaped cultured freshwater pearl drops. The earrings measure 1 & 5/8" long.
I have a gold-filled version of these earrings in my store.
These are very similar to pearl earrings seen on the recent series "The Borgias". English and French Renaissance 16th century styles were profoundly influenced by the earlier 15th century Italian styles in all things, particularly jewelry. The last scan is Cate Blanchett as Queen Elizabeth I, the greatest of the Tudor monarchs.
The metals are sterling silver, sterling silver-filled and silver-plate. The pearls are Austrian Swarovski crystal pearls, and cultured freshwater pearls.
The retail value of these earrings in a good historical jewelry catalogue would be approximately $55.
You don't need a full Renaissance costume to feel like a romantic heroine--a simple longish dress, and these delightful earrings will make you feel like a Lady of the Tudor court herself!
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