Tuesday, January 15, 2013

My Coral Necklace




Hello again after a long Christmas break! Jordan is now back in Tennessee building our house, and I am getting busier and busier with wedding preparations, and getting woefully behind on my blogging!

I know its long past Christmas now, but I wanted to share a special gift I recieved with you, as I thought it might be of interest to other historical costume enthusiasts!
I mentioned once to Jordan, many months ago in passing, that I had always wanted a real coral necklace to wear with my Regency dresses. Well, he remembered, and guess what he got me for Christmas?



This darling coral bead necklace, in the loveliest shade of pink.



I had never seen coral in person before, it was quite different from what I expected. I thought it would be lightweight, almost like some kind of organic plastic. (don't know where I got that idea...)
But the beads are very heavy for their size and feel just like polished glass.

I had seen portraits and heard of simple coral bead necklaces being popular during the 18th Century and Regency era, but once I started researching, I was astounded at how many eras in which this simple piece of jewelry seems to be fashionable!
Basically from what I've seen.....ancient times to modern...(correct me if I'm wrong!)
 Isn't that incredible??

Here are a few paintings from different periods to illustrate:
 
Domenico Ghirlandaio (1449-1494)
Portrait of a Young Woman
 
Portrait of a girl by Domenico Ghirlandaio c. 1485

Regency Portrait

Portrait of a Young Girl Wearing a Coral Necklace
and Holding a Red Rose,
  c. 1815
(apparently coral was deemed especially appropriate for children)

Late Regency Portrait - Coral Necklace & Earrings

Princess Murat, 1854 Winterhalter portrait. Coral necklace and brooch.

Mid 19th C. Portrait by Jean-Jackques Henner


Maria Sawiczewska in coral jewlery, 1861 Löffler portrait.

'Girl with a Coral Necklace' by Eugene Edward Speicher (1882-1962)

                                                         Carved coral necklace, c. 1860

Coral bead necklace c.1818

Carved cameo coral necklace c. 1860

Further reading on historical coral jewelry:


Where to buy: 
Red coral Renaissance necklace

So, expect to see my new favorite necklace inclulded in many different historical ensembles!


8 comments:

SisterlyLove said...

Oh how lovely!
I've always loved the look of coral jewelry. The portraits are so interesting. I didn't know coral was so popular throughout the centuries!

Thanks for sharing!
Marguerite

Abby said...

It's really pretty! I love how coral looks. I had no idea that it was used so much over the years.

Elizabeth said...

Very lovely!
But... the only thing I miss here is a picture of you... with your coral... and your Regency dress!!!

Fobmroweczka said...

Hello! I've been admiring your blog from some time, and today I found one mistake ... in description of photo ;) I'm from Poland and there is photo of Polish woman. Your photo is titled " Marii Sawiczewskiej in coral jewelry", that's not exactly her name. It's our form of speeling, when we are asking for her. Her right name is "Maria Sawiczewska", and that's how it's used in English ;)
And your necklace is really lovely ;)
Looking forward to see your wedding dress!

Atlanta said...

Fobmroweczka,

thanks so much for letting me know! :) I had no idea - but it should be fixed now!

Elizabeth, I know I know! lol. I wanted to get a pic, but just didn't have time for a photohsoot. Hoping to attend a Regency event next summer, though, so I'd love to wear it then...

Atlanta said...

Fobmroweczka,

thanks so much for letting me know! :) I had no idea - but it should be fixed now!

Elizabeth, I know I know! lol. I wanted to get a pic, but just didn't have time for a photohsoot. Hoping to attend a Regency event next summer, though, so I'd love to wear it then...

Amy said...

You two are seriously sweet together. :)

Diane F. said...

There is a lovely children's book, Hitty, Her First Hundred Years, by Rachel Field, which is set in the early 19th C. In it the little girl's sea captain father brings home as a gift for her, a coral necklace. I have never forgotten that. Your necklace is a wonderful gift.

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