Anna Boleyn's pearl necklace
The mystery of Anna Boleyn's pearl necklace never found again.
The assumptions about the end of this emblematic jewel still continue today.
She had an extraordinary life, full of twists and turns, seduced the most important king in Europe, Henry VIII of England, and convinced him to close relations with the Catholic Church, finally he died as a traitor of the same king, executed with a sword. Anna Boleyn is still one of the most studied and fascinating female figures of her time. Famous for having a decisive character, being a great charmer and having held a feast in the English court of the the century, today she is also remembered for her attention to appearance, but few testimonies remain due to the portraits that were destroyed after her execution ....
One in particular is exhibited at the National Gallery in London. It is a the century painting, presumably the remake of a previous one, which depicts the queen wearing an accessory from which she rarely separated: a necklace. Still today is that jewel the unmistakable sign that identifies Anna Boleyn commonly, a pearl necklace that ends in the center with a pendant, a gold B on whose edges hang three other pearls by drop.
Celebrated and imitated by many jewelers throughout history, Anna Boleyn's necklace was the favorite accessory of the sovereign, but of which no trace remains today. The mystery that wraps this jewel has not been solved yet, but some assumptions put it precisely. As reported by Town and Country, Anna Boleyn's necklace is believed to have been set aside upon her death and preserved for by some faithful for her daughter Elisabetta. To support this thesis there is a picture of the virgin queen wearing a similar necklace. Another hypothesis, however, says that the necklace has been dismembered, that the pearls have remained in the hands of the English crown, and finally nestled in the Imperial State Crown - the crown worn by Queen Elizabeth II at her coronation - between the king's ruby and the sapphire of the Stuarts, thus leaving the imperishable footprint of Anna Boleyn's passage to the royal house.