Replication Jewelry Pieces
Unless you request otherwise, all jeweled collars and girdle belts with settings will include support pins that are affixed to settings positioned in the shoulder areas of the collar's length or along the girdle belt's center drop. These pins will help to keep your jewelry in place as you move around during your event.
by Nicholas Hilliard, 1536
"Hilliard's Henry VIII" Jeweled Collar *
Inspired by the portrait above, this regal collar is a decadent replica piece fit for either a King or Queen!
This replica collar of office, or chain of state, is made with alternating 25x18mm oval stones ("main stone color", shown in ruby above) and 15mm round smooth acrylic cabochon stones ("contrast stone color", shown in jet above) set upon ornate oversized filigrees. Smaller 10x8mm cabochons (shown in wihte pearl above) add dimension to the design throughout the piece and are chosen to match your pearl color choice. The center medallion consists of three layers of filigrees, topped with a 15mm table-cut square acrylic stone, surrounded by four 8x6mm colored domed cabs, and finished off with a 25x18mm domed cab set upon a smooth-bordered pendant setting. These filigree sections are connected with large hand-wired 10mm imported glass pearls. Larger sizes available upon request.
Even more stunning than the photos suggest, this piece must be seen to be believed!
Henry VIII after Hans Holbein, c.1536
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
"Holbein's Henry VIII" Jeweled Collar
This collar, inspired by the most well-known portrait of King Henry VIII, is a true showpiece.
It is created with alternating oversized 40x30mm faceted stones ("main stone color"), 15mm table-cut square faceted acrylic stones ("contrast stone color"), and 18mm round smooth domed acrylic cabochon stones (also "contrast stone color") set upon ornate oversized two-layered filigrees. These filigree sections are connected with large hand-wired strands of high-quality 8mm imported glass pearls (shown above in cream). Due to the nature of the design of this collar, this is a unisex piece and is available in one size only.
(Please pardon the current photo - the piece, being larger than my petite body form, doesn't hang well enough to make for good photos...better ones will be coming soon!)
Holbein's Henry VIII Medallion Necklace
A simplistic, yet stately replication. This bold design measures 2.5" in diameter and is adorned with an 8mm acrylic princess-cut stone in the color of you choice.
Left: Man's 8mm Stone Ring, Center: Dual Stone Ring, Right: Man's 12mm Stone Ring
Holbein's Henry VIII Finger Rings
Queen Elizabeth's Coronation Portrait, 1558
National Portrait Gallery, London
"Queen Elizabeth I's Coronation" Jeweled Collar *
Many years and redesigns in the making, I am happy to fianlly present this stunning collar. Consisting of 14mm colored acrylic gems and 12mm acrylic pearl cabochon stones set upon plated filigrees connected by round 12mm glass pearl beads and accented with rare oversized pearl drops, this collar is simly divine.
Unless you request otherwise, your jeweled collar will include support pins that are affixed to settings positioned in the shoulder areas of its length. These pins will help to keep your collar in place as you move around during your event.
Queen Elizabeth I of England, artist unacknowledged
Portrait Location: Portraitgalerie, Schloss Ambras, Innsbruck, Austria
Detail of portrait
"Queen Elizabeth I" Cluster Necklace
A highly accurate replication of the piece worn by Queen Elizabeth I.
This gorgeous necklace features real freshwater pearls for the small pendants that adorn the circumference of the piece. Each pearl pendant is topped with a brass bead cap and anchored at the bottom with a delicate 3mm glass rocaille bead.
Oversized 10mm glass pearls are used for the clusters between the brass filigrees, which are decorated with acrylic table-cut square jewels.
The center pendant filigree is very ornate and measures a collossal 2" across, and 3.5" in length, including its large glass teardrop pearl.
The freshwater pearls are a natural white - they will more closely match white glass pearls, and will be a few shades lighter than the cream pearls. cream glass pearls may be substituted upon request.
Sizes are listed below for both the choker-style length (shown above) and a longer length that is suitable for wearing outside garments, as is shown in the portrait.
Queen Elizabeth I of England, artist unacknowledged (shown with detail)
Portrait Location: Portraitgalerie, Schloss Ambras, Innsbruck, Austria
"Queen Elizabeth I: Schloss Ambras Portrait Girdle *
This is a gorgeous and lightweight single-length Elizabethan jeweled girdle belt, which connects with a plated "S" hook anywhere along its length (sizes shown below denote the entire length of the belt). It is made of ample 10mm glass round pearls, heavy-duty jumprings, and 8mm Princess-cut flat-topped acrylic stones dually-set upon lovely delicate filigree squares, and an ornate gold-plated pendant, finished with an oversized teardrop pearl.
My client, Mr. Irving, England's most-recognized King Henry VIII Impersonator, wearing a museum replica of the original "Anne's Gift" medallion necklace at a "Rolf of Art" event, fall 2005.
"Anne's Gift" Medallion Necklace *
This medallion necklace is my most prided accomplishment yet.
Modeled after a muesum copy of the little-known original piece owned by King Henry VIII that is now part of the private Royal Collection, this weighty piece will be THE ultimate piece de resistance of any period ensemble.
Available in gold-tone only and strung upon dual coated beading wires, your medallion's necklace will be fashioned of 10mm glass druk beads, various sizes of weighty cast metal gold-tone beads, fluted rondelles, and filigree bead caps. The 2.75" 2-ply medallion is adorned with acrylic stones, glass stones (if your color choice is available in glass), and simulated pearl cabochons. Its pendants include of mother of pearl rice beads and freshwater pearls. It is heavier than it looks, and you'll definitely be delighted with the period feel of this amazing piece....it is a literal show-stopper!
Portrait of Elizabeth I (The Pelican Portrait)
Artist: Nicholas Hilliard, circa 1574
"Queen Elizbeth I's Pelican Portrait" Crown
Measuring 13-14" in length, this gorgeous crown is made from two separate layers of ornate filigree pieces and pearl clusters that are hand-wired together onto a metal-combed headband to form one amazingly regal headpiece.
The attention-commanding 5-pearl clusters range in size from 8mm to a huge 12mm, and are made of glass. All stones are acrylic.
Sir Francis Drake by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger (1591), National Maritime Museum, London
Original pendant, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
My rendition of the pendant necklace
"Sir Francis Drake" Pendant Necklace *
A gorgeous replication of the original pendant necklace seen in a portrait of Sir Francis Drake. This piece features a working locket topped with a faceted acrylic 40x30mm stone, mounted atop a large gilt filigree casting. Small semiprecious garnet, ruby, coral, or onyx 6mm cabochons adorn the framework of the pendant, which is finished with a cluster of freshwater pearls and one oversized acrylic tear drop pearl. The interior of the locket will include a miniature printout of Queen Elizabeth I, which you may remove and replace, if you wish. Your 8mm-wide silk ribbon will be in a long length that you may trim to fit and tie off at the back of the neck.
James 1 by Nicholas Hilliard c.1604-9, watercolour on vellum on card, 53 x 43 mm
V&A Picture Library
"James I" Ribbon Medallion Necklace *
A stunning yet simple piece for men and women alike, you'll make a statement of elegance in this piece, consisting of a 40x30mm jeweled pendant strung on a 100% silk ribbon. Your 8mm-wide silk ribbon will be in a long length that you may trim to fit and tie off at the back of the neck.
Anne Boleyn (1507-36) in the Tower, Detail
Edouard Cibot, 1835
"Anne Boleyn in the Tower" Brooch
All "so beautiful you'll lose your head over it" jokes aside, this brooch is a stunner! A lovely 25x18mm acrylic domed cabochon is mounted upon a gorgeous gold-plated filigree casting and finished with an oversized teardrop pearl pendant (more oblong in cream as shown above, and more bulbous in white).
Queen Jane Seymour, c. 1536 (shown with detail)
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
"Queen Jane Seymour" Carcanet and Cotiere Necklace Parure *
This design's pearl-and-jeweled pattern is the staple of most Tudor Era jewelry parures.
The acrylic stones used in this necklace set are 8mm emerald-cut squares for the circumference and one 14x10mm domed oval (matching your Stone COlor 1, shown in ruby above) and one 8mm princess-cut stone (will be a clear stone, unless you opt to use two different stone colors for your piece, then it will be Stone Color 2, shown in jet above) with an attached teardrop pearl at the center front pendant of the piece. The 8mm pearls are imported glass.
A three inch extender chain has been added to lengths listed for the shorter cancanet (choker-style) version, which makes it perfect for wearing on a bare neck, while being adjustable to fit over high-necked partlets.
A longer cotiere necklace (not shown) can be worn tucked into your bodice or just under a ruff collar. It DOES NOT include a pendant.
Above: portrait detail showing girdle belt
"Queen Jane Seymour" Girdle Belt *
An amazingly bold design that emulated the personality of Queen Jane Seymour herself.
Daring and decadent, this girdle belt consists of a waist built with 8mm emerald-cut squares acrylic stones atop lovely 14mm round filigrees and 8mm imported glass pearls.
The double-chain center drop is made with 8mm Swarovski and plated-filigree beads, 14x10mm plated corrugated urn-shaped metal beads, 8mm glass round pearls surrounded by plated filigree bead caps, and 3mm and 5mm plated round beads hand-strung onto sturdy beading wires.
The beautiful center drop is finished with a matching 40x30mm jeweled pendant.
Sizes shown below denote the circumference of the waist section of the belt; the center drop will measure an additional 27"-30" - adjustments to the center drop length are available upon request.
Queen Jane Seymour Ouch
The perfect accent to any period garments, these lovely ouches are made from medium and small-sizes cast-metal rosettes and 12mm square princess-cut acrylic stones for colored options and 12mm round pearl cabochons for pearl-finish options.
Princess Elizabeth (with detail)
Attributed to the Flemish School, c. 1546-1547
The Royal Collection
"Princess Elizabeth" Necklace Parure *
A lovely replica of the necklace worn by Princess Elizabeth Tudor.
The stunning 10mm pearls glass pearls and 4-5mm glass or metal accent beads are hand-strung on sturdy Accu-Flex professional beading wire (shown above in cream pearls with gold-plated metal accent beads). The carcanet's pendant is metal filigree, adorned with a 10x8mm table-cut acrylic crystal octagon stone, your choice of a 14x10mm acrylic colored domed oval cabochon stone, and three gorgeous and rare over-sized teardrop pearls (more elongated for cream and bulbous for white).
The longer-length cotiere's length should be long enough to tuck into the bodice of your gown to create the perfect Elizabethan Period look.
You may choose the SHORT "carcanet" necklace (shown above) and/or the LONGER "cotiere" necklace separately, or a ONE-PIECE "carcanet plus cotiere" necklace for wrapping around your neck to form two drapes. The longer cotiere necklace DOES NOT include a pendant.
"Princess Elizabeth" Necklace
"The Young Elizabeth" (shown with detail), circa 1546
The Royal Collection
"Princess Elizabeth" Brooch
A big, bold brooch fit for a (future) Queen!
This oversized design is made from layered gold-tone filigree pieces, 8mm and 15mm acrylic princess-cut stones, and oversized pearl drops topped with filigree bead caps. The white pearl drops are more round (shown above), and the cream pearl drops are more elongated.
Anonymous, c. 1530
National Portrait Gallery, London
"Catherine of Aragon" Medallion Necklace *
A very versatile replication of the necklace Catherine of Aragon wore in 1530, this medallion pendant necklace features a metal casting collage adorned with five 15mm (1/2") domed cabochon stones. All stones are mounted in metal settings. The necklace is shown above with stones that are all the same color, but you may also choose to have your center stone be a different color than those on the perimeter of the piece.
Adding a delicate and regal touch to the piece are three glass-based elongated 15x8mm teardrop pearls.
The medallion dangles gracefully from a soldered link chain, which can be attached at the back of the neck, or you may remove the linking mechanisms and attach the ends at the shoulders of your garments for a more "Ever After" look.
Available in gold-tone or silver-tone.
Portrait of Elizabeth Brydges, with detail
By Hieronimo Custodis, circa 1859
Collection of the Duke of Bedford, Woburn Abbey
Shown above left in adult size in white pearl
and above right in child size with cobalt faceted beads
"Elizabeth Brydges" Necklace *
A spot-on replica of the piece worn by Elizabeth Brydges,
daughter of John Brugee (Sir Knight Lord Mayor of London).
Requiring more than four hours to complete, this stunning necklace is a must-have for authenticity aficionados.
This piece is available in either with "all pearl" (seen above) or "all faceted colored bead" options. All pearls and faceted beads used are 6mm in size and are imported from the Czech Republic. Pearls are round and smooth, and colored beads are faceted, fire-polished rounds.
Princess Mary Tudor with Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk
Marriage portrait, circa 1515
"Princess Mary Tudor-Brandon" Necklace Parure *
Gorgeous alone, and even more captivating as a "parure" (matching set)!
The choker-style necklace (called a "carcanet") requires five hours to complete, and the longer cotiere necklace takes more than fourteen hours to assemble.
In these replication jewelry pieces, 8mm acrylic square jewels are set upon 1" round filigrees. These miniature medallion-like pieces are connected by clusters of 6mm glass pearls, which have been hand-wired together. A 3" pearl chain is included with the shorter carcanet necklace for an adjustable fit. The caracnet's center pendant is a 2" square filigree, with a 15mm square table-cut acrylic jewel affixed to its center. A 15x8mm glass teardrop pearl completes the period-perfect look to the piece.
The longer cotiere necklace DOES NOT include a pendant.
"Princess Mary" Carcanet (Choker-style Necklace) *
"Princess Mary" Cotiere (Longer Necklace) *
A Young Lady Aged 21, Possibly Helena Snakenborg (shown with detail)
Later Marchioness of Northampton, c. 1569
Oil on oak panel, presented by the Friends of the
Tate Gallery in 1961
"A number of portraits from the 1560s seem to be by the painter of this work, whose identity is unknown. Characteristic features include the angle at which the face is presented and the soft treatment of the hair.
The sitter may be Elizabeth I's maid of honour, Helena Snakenborg, who became a powerful figure at court. In 1565 she had visited England with the Swedish princess Cecilia, remaining there as the fiancée of the elderly Marquis of Northampton, whom she was to marry in 1571. The carnation behind her ear may be a symbol of her betrothal."
(From the portrait's display caption, August 2004)
"Helena Snakenborg" Neck Chain
Old World "bling" at its finest!
This replication neck chain is a spot-on match for its inspirational original, consisting of decorative large metal chain links, plated jumprings, and antiqued 7mm bali-style melon beads with tiny 3mm corrugated rondelle beads hand-strung onto sturdy precious metal-plated wires.
Made versatile by its length, this necklace can be worn wrapped around the neck multiple times, or shaped into flowing drapes by way of a few dress pins or fancy jeweled brooches.
Portrait of Giovanna Tornabuoni (shown with detail)
Artist: Domenicho Ghirlandaio, circa 1488
Medium: Tempera paint on wood, 76x50cm
Portrait Location: Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, Madrid, Spain
Ghirlandaio's "Giovanna Tournabuoni" Necklace *
A beautiful example of early-period elegance and simplicity, this necklace is made with 15mm emerald-cut square acrylic cabochons set upon a dainty plated filigree stampings collage. They are finished with two 14mm round white glass pearls and one 18x13mm white teardrop pearl and will be assembled with your choice of either black silk ribbon for wearing as a necklace or with pin-back attachment for wear as a brooch.
Mary of Burgundy
Michael Pacher, c. 1490
Heinz Kisters Collection, Kreuzlingen
"Mary of Burgundy" Necklace
A very simple design, but amazingly elegant!
Made from a series of 4-5mm "E" beads (shown above in "jet opaque" and "silver opaque") strung onto a continuous flexible wire string, this necklace is sure to please any early-period reenactor. Wear it as one long necklace, or wrapped around the neck or wrist - you'll never get bored with this versatile piece!
La Bella Ferroniere
Leonardo da Vinci, c. 1490
Musee du Louvre, Paris
Leonardo da Vinci's "La Belle Ferroniere" Necklace
Simplistic design and a splash of color!
Made from a series of 2-3mm glass seed beads (shown above in "jet opaque" and "white pearl") strung onto a continuous flexible wire string, this necklace can be worn wrapped around the neck up to four times, or as a multi-bangle bracelet. The possibilities for this piece are limitless!
Above photos: Locket Ring owned by Queen Elizabeth I
National Maritime Museum, London
Queen Elizabeth I Locket Ring
If you want a ring that makes a bold statement, this piece will be the one you must have in your collection! Its wide, gold-plated adjustable shank will fit a man, as well as the larger fingers of women. All stone colors listed below are available as dome-topped cabochons, with ruby available in both the domed version and the faceted version shown above.
This ring includes complimentary printed images of portraits of Queen Anne Boleyn and Queen Elizabeth I inside. You may easily replace them with other images, if you like.
Queen Anne of Denmark
Artist: after Paul Van Somer
Medium: Oil on canvas, feigned oval, 17th century (circa 1617)
Portrait Location: The National Portrait Gallery at Montacute House, Somerset, England
"Queen Anne" Earrings
Seeing is truly believing when it comes to the scale of these blown glass earrings. Each lightweight hand-made glass pearlized
teardrop is roughly the size of a plum and has a delicately-twisted spiral pattern. It will be topped with a lovely 18k gold-
plated filigree bead cap.
You're free to search high and low, but this is undoubtedly THE largest pair of pearldrop earrings your will ever find!
"Girl with a Pearl Earring" (shown with detail)
Artist: Johannes Vermeer, circa 1665
Portrait Location: Mauritshuis Museum, The Hague, Netherlands
Vermeer's "Girl with a Pearl Earring" Earrings *
A exceptional recreation of an exceptional Renaissance earrings design.
Recently made famous by the 2003 Lions Gate film by the same name, Vermeer's "Girl with a Pearl Earring" painting is a very well-known historical image in modern times.
These oversized teardrop pearls are VERY hard to come by - all are "here-and-there" finds. What you receive will be large, but may not be exactly as pictured above, due to what is available at any given time.
Truly breath-taking...the perfect reproduction earrings for any period ensemble.
"La Bella" (shown with detail)
Artist: Titian, circa 1536
Portrait Location: Palazzo Pitti, Galleria Palatina, Florence, Italy.
Titian's "La Bella" Earrings *
What a lovely pair of earrings! I'm thrilled to offer them as part of my Portriat Replica Collection!
These earrings are made with 10x8mm acrylic cabochons set within settings with twisted-motif trim
They are available with either real freshwater pearls or 8mm glass round pearls. Each pearl is topped with an 18k Gold-plated bead cap and anchored with a delicate 3mm gold glass rocaille bead at the bottom.
"Queen Jane Seymour" Earrings
Designed to compliment the "Queen Jane Seymor" set, this elegant earrings are made from 8mm princess-cut acrylic stones set upon a tine filigree stampings and pearl pendants. Choose either glass or freshwater pearls for your very own pair (shown above in jet with cultured freshwater pearls).
"Venus of Urbino" (shown with detail)
Artist: Titian, circa 1538
Portrait Location: Uffizi, Florence, Italy
Titian's "Venus of Urbino" Earrings *
These earrings are made with your choice of 12x7mm or 15x8mm glass teardrop pearls and your choice of metal color.
Dainty, simple, but oh, so beautiful!
Skull Rosary, Late 16th Century, Spain
A replication of a late-16th Century rosary currently located in Spain and thought to have originated in Mexico, this single-line paternoster features 12mm carved bone beads, 10mm corrugated bicone beads (available in either precious metal or metalized molded acrylic), 6mm and 4mm round metal beads, all hand-wired together to create a durable strand that will last you
for years to come.
This stunning rosary is finished on one end with a either a continuous silver-tone ring that has a 17mm opening or a 15mm thicker gold or silver-plated band with a twisted design. The opposite end is completed by a precious metal-plated ornate stamping with pendants made from a delicate plated 13mm crosslet and corrugated and matching beads.
Choose either the 15" replication piece pictured above with 7 ave skull beads, or opt for an even decade of 10 ave skulls. Additional decades are available - email me for prices per decade.