Pearls have been worn throughout history and have rarely fallen out of fashion. Real pearls have a sublime beauty that is unrivaled. Unfortunately, there are so many imitation pearls on the market, that many contemporary women have a false impression of pearls as they have never actually experienced real quality pearls. They are truly something to behold up close; women who have worn or owned good pearls will understand exactly what I mean. Sensual, mysterious and delicate, real pearls are a feminine treasure every women should have.
One of the things that I love about studying jewelry worn in old art is, not only can we enjoy the beauty of the great works, we can also get a good sense of how jewelry was worn and use this information for assessing pieces in the future. I think what is really interesting, in studying these old works, is looking at the lengths of pearl necklaces and styles of pearl jewelry in general through the ages. This is something I will talk about more in the future, along with much more information about pearls in general.
Kramskoi Ivan Nikolayevich
Location: Hermitage Museum