Pearl jewelry in art

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. 

For now, here are some beautiful portraits of ladies with pearls. 

A diamond and pearl brooch captured in a portrait by the leading 19th Century artist John Singer Sargent is among a collection of Duke of Portland family heirlooms that are to be sold at auction for an estimated £6 million.

A diamond and pearl brooch captured in a portrait by the leading 19th Century artist John Singer Sargent is among a collection of Duke of Portland family heirlooms that are to be sold at auction for an estimated £6 million.

 Gustave Jacquet painting: An Elegant Lady with Pearls

Gustave Jacquet painting: An Elegant Lady with Pearls

Portrait Of A Lady Wearing A Pearl Necklace

Portrait Of A Lady Wearing A Pearl Necklace, Anselm Feurbach

Girl with a Pearl Earring, Johannes Vermeer

Portrait of Empress Maria Fiodorovna in a Head-Dress Decorated with Pearls
Portrait of Empress Maria Fiodorovna in a Head-Dress Decorated with Pearls
Kramskoi Ivan Nikolayevich
Location:     Hermitage Museum

Rosalba Carriera (Venice 1675-1757) Portrait of a young woman, bust-length, with a pearl necklace and earrings.

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