I have lately been binge-watching historical mini series’ set in the Elizabethan-Era. I started out with Elizabeth R, (very good-how could anything with Glenda Jackson be bad?) followed that up with The Tudors (historically inaccurate but beautiful costumes) and have just finished watching The Six Wives of Henry VIII. (The best of all-acting, script and historical accuracy). But I watch for more than acting or script or history. No, I watch for the jewelry.
The reign of Elizabeth I of England is often referred to as The Golden Age of English History, or the English Renaissance. I do not dream about what it would have been like to live in the days of Shakespeare and sonnets. I have to admit that for me, plague, bear baiting, public executions and religious wars are major turn offs. But then there is the jewelry. Here are some images I found on the Internet along with some links that provide fascinating information about jewelry (Western European mostly) from the late Middle Ages to the Late Renaissance.
I am currently in jewelry design mode and have been trolling the Internet for interesting visuals. Here are a few good links I’ve found:
Late Middle Ages Early Renaissance
Jewelry and men in Tudor and Jacobean England
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