Will These Pearl Earrings Make You Look Like a Renaissance Painting?
There they are in Giovanni Battista Moroni’s Portrait of a Young Woman, circa 1575, now on exhibit at the Frick Gallery in New York. They might—given the elaborate gem-studded gold chain around the sitter's neck, or the rich brocade lilac silk dress she wears—be easy to miss, and yet their presence against her delicately ruffled lace collar is noted.
Sometimes, when you are wearing major jewels elsewhere, you need just a little something around your face. In the case of this lavish portrait—and my own dressing for work this morning—that little something can come in the form of a pearl drop earring.
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I've done the field work here and sampled various examples of the genre. These by Marco Bicego are perfect in size and weight and the hand-brushed gold is a perfect match for the incandescence of the pearl. (Also, pearls are like the jewelry version of an Instagram filter.)
And these earrings offer what we all sometimes need—a suggestion of luxury rather than too many bold statements at once. I have begun to wear a long necklace with a bold pendant attached almost every day, and sometimes a big gold earring can compete too much. Pearl studs can work, but I prefer the glint of gold a pearl drop offers.
The women of the gorgeous Moroni show at the Frick seem to agree. Go visit before June 2 and count the number of pearl earrings in the room.
*This article originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com
*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors