Long before Vermeer's iconic "Girl with the Pearl Earring," the Tudors loved to wear pearls. In their hair, on necklaces, on "owches" (brooches), sewn into their clothes, set in tiaras and hanging from their ears. No one loved pearls more than Elizabeth I, for whom they were represented purity, and virginity, status and wealth. Pearls became one of the Queen's personal symbols, perfectly complimenting her favourite colours of black and white, and the wealthy ladies and gentlemen of her court did their best to emulate her style. My Tudor-inspired earrings are not as expensive as those to which Elizabeth's courtiers aspired. They're designed and handmade by me, based on surviving portraits, and available in a range of styles. There are also a couple of others, inspired by medieval and Tudor iconography and the Sixteenth Century world.
All the items in the Tudor collection can be replicated.
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The ultimate Tudor gift. A pearl bracelet with strong magnetic clasp, featuring six hanging charms; a silver heart, silver crown, Boleyn B, silver rose, cross and rose, and a pilgrim's shell and pearl, plus a silver pomander, a red rose, a white rose, red crackle bead, grey pearl and large pearl. A beautiful statement of your love for the Tudor era.
The Tudors used pomanders as a scented ball to keep bad odours and illness at bay. This earring echoes the silver and gold versions, with a hint of orange for those that were stuck with cloves, still made at Christmas. They were hollow, stuffed with herbs and spices and named for pommes d'or, apples of gold.
After writing Catherine's biography, I wanted to create an earring to reflect her heritage, regality and faith. Here, the pearl sits atop a red, crackle bead, the colour of a pomegranate seed, Catherine's chosen emblem, and a silver cross set with a rose speaks of her Catholicism and the Tudor dynasty.
To celebrate the 500th anniversary of The Field of cloth of Gold, where Henry VIII met Francis I, this earring impresses with gold, red, pearl and feathers, for the ultimate Tudor show off!
Hand made to order, with or without feather and with a choice of coloured beads.
A tribute to our nine days' queen: a purple heart for her royal descent, a large silver-grey pearl for her family name, tapering down to two smaller pearls, for youth and innocence. Celebrate her short reign and remember her with these distinctive earrings.
Red and white for purity and passion, and a real pheasant feather, for when Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII rode out together with their beloved falcons. Game birds and birds of prey provided an important Tudor pastime and furnished their table. Anne's own device was the crowned falcon.
As I wrote about in "In Bed With the Tudors," sixteenth century women put their faith in charms and rituals when it came to attracting husbands and conceiving children. This earring is a tribute to that: a green bead for bitter herbs, a blue drop for dew collected in the moonlight, symbolised by a pearl, and a silver pine cone, which was placed under the pillow.
Six pairs of earrings representing all the wives of Henry VIII, designed to represent the character or story of each. Choose which wife you will wear for every occasion: the bright, devoted Catherine of Aragon; passionate and individual Anne Boleyn; demure and reserved Jane; the quietly happy Anne of Cleves; dazzling rose without a thorn Catherine Howard or the refined survivor Catherine Parr, who eventually married for love.
A stunning, unforgettable gift for someone who loves the Tudors.
Usual retail value £58; buy the collection for £49.99
Some slight variation might occur between bead colour and size, depending upon supply.