Aug 08, 2017 | By Emily Cater
Opening tomorrow, the Pearls exhibition at renowned London museum V&A is a celebration of the history of pearls, exploring its representation in jewelry. Starting from the days of the Early Roman Empire, it traces the popularity of pearls throughout history to the present day, examining pivotal moments such as the introduction of cultured pearls, and how pearls have been linked to notions of social status, class and nobility. Over 200 pieces of jewelry are on display with standout pieces including ancient Roman jewels, a pearl-drop earring worn by Charles I at his 1649 execution, a precious pearl necklace worn by Marilyn Monroe as well as Elizabeth Taylor’s Bulgari pendant earrings from the 1970s. – Anna Jacobsen
Victoria & Albert Museum
Cromwell Road SW7 2RL / 44 (0)2079422000
*Through January 19, 2014
Pictures courtesy of Victoria & Albert Museum
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