N78-30% (6K)

clasp-silver-S (3K)

Renaissance* Pearl Choker

Choker-length necklace of glass pearls with a hook closure

White glass pearls - 4mm round
Silver plate S hook & eye closure

17 1/2 inches long


Other lengths can be made to order.
*For more information about our jewelry, special orders, and the materials we use, click here.

*The Renaissance: The historic period in Europe starting in the 1300s in Italy and spreading north during the next 3 centuries. In England, it hit its hayday during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I in the second half of the 1500s. It was characterized by a resurgence of interest in Roman Classicism and Classical Greek and Roman writings.

Renaissance jewelry and dress were opulent for those who could afford it, and pearls were particularly prevalent. There is evidence in contemporary portraits and sketches for pearl chokers being a common item of jewelery for women on the continent from at least 1440 through 1600. They were worn by the rich and possibly by other classes that could afford them; Lucas van Leyden (see sketch) often portrayed common people. They could be either a short single strand or a longer strand looped around the neck twice.

1440-lippi-detail (24K)

c. 1440, Italian

Detail from Portrait of a Man and Woman at a Casement
by Fra Filippo Lippi
Currently in the National Gallery, London

She wears a simple pearl choker.

1480-roberti-detail (11K)

c. 1480-90, Italian

Portrait of Ginerva Bentivoglio
by Ercole Roberti
The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Ginerva wears a strand of pearls looped twice around her neck.

1505-Carpaccio-detail2 (25K)

1505, Italian

Detail from a painting of the Holy Family with Two Donors
by Vittore Carpaccio
Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon

The donor wears a simple strand of pearls.

1522-leyden-detail (27K)

1522, Dutch

Lucas van Leyden
Girl Reading

A strand of pearls or other beads looped around the neck twice makes up this simple necklace.

1542-bia-detail (8K)

1542, Italian

Detail from a portrait of Bia, the illegitimate daughter of Cosimo I de' Medici
by Bronzino
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

Bia is decked out in earrings, a short pearl necklace made of large pearls, and a chain.

1557-moroni-detail (30K)

c. 1557-1560, Italian

Portrait of a lady (possibly Contessa Lucia Albani Avogadro)
by Moroni

The lady wears a classic pearl choker.

1611-Marie-detail (19K)

Marie de Médicis, Queen of France
by Frans Pourbus the Younger (Flemish, 1569-1622)
Palazzo Pitti, Florence.

The queen wears a choker of large pearls.