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The Royal Necklace: Tudor Modern


Phyllis Cerrato, Chico's Accessories expert, is passionate about jewelry, sunglasses, and all things accessories. A world traveler, she brings her flawless eye to every piece. She shared the fascinating inspiration behind this unique collectible with Inside Chic.

The famous women of the Tudor Court, like Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, and Queen Elizabeth I, and their opulent jewels were the inspiration for this long double-sided stone necklace. If you look at portraits from the period (roughly 1483-1601)—which was, by the way, a golden age for portraits—they’re full of rich tones and textures. You can see the texture in the paintings—the heavy furs, the glistening satin, and the gleaming stones. Jewels were very important to the fashion of the period, and were a sign of status and wealth for both genders. Cabochons (stones that are polished, not faceted) were a popular way to set jewels, which were worn decoratively in garments, as well as in necklaces, bracelets, crowns, and rings. For the Tudors, men and women, if it could be bejeweled, it was. Ours, of course, is a pared-down version. This necklace is made of faceted and smooth glass and resin cabochons in topaz, rustic orange, and resin tiger eyes, set in metal with side stone detailing. It’s a very clean and modern take, but it harks back to this fascinating period of history.

Catherine of Aragon, (1485-1536), first wife of England’s King Henry VIII. Photo Credit: Erich Lessing/Art Resource NY

Interested in learning more about the Tudors? We recommend Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel in all its forms: Book, TV miniseries, and theater.

 

 

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