Pearls were one of the most popular items of jewellery in the Tudor era and were worn by both Ann Boleyn and her daughter Queen Elizabeth I. Pearls were worn in a string or as a single pearl or a combination of both.
The word 'necklace' was not used during the Tudor period. A necklace was called a 'carcanet' which was like a wide chocker. There were two main 'carcanet' designs. The short carcanet, or choker necklace, which was usually worn around the base of the throat or the collar of a high necked doublet. The other design was a rope style necklace which was draped up at the centre or the side with a brooch.
This beautiful pearl necklace is inspired from the jewelley worn by the Tudor nobility and upper classes.