Anne Boleyn’s Earrings – The Tudors

Anne Boleyn’s Earrings from series, The Tudors:

 

I was asked to re-create Anne’s earrings using this image from the show The Tudors. Needless to say I was delighted. What fun, to make something with pearls and gold…

We decided to use brass to make the earrings reasonable in price. The pearls are all freshwater pearls. Here are a few images from the maker’s bench. The pictures tell the story. The last few images are the finished pair.

So happy to have made these earrings for a wonderful client.

Who knows what will be my next project a crown perhaps? Anyone?

Drawings are always part of the process
Starting the project with hand drawings is our standard method for designing jewelry
Once approved the shapes were created in Adobe Illustrator
The shield shapes were created in Adobe Illustrator, permitting  us easy reprinting and multiple changes in the design.
Using a wooden forming block to add the slight dome in the shield shape
Using a wooden forming block to add the slight dome in the shield shape
Cut from a flat sheet of brass the sides were hand formed to create the shield shape of the earrings
Cut from a flat sheet of brass the sides were hand formed to create the shield shape of the earrings
Soldered the walls first, then the layers. The pink color is from the copper in brass rising to the surface after heating.
Soldered the walls first, then the two top layers. The pink color is from the copper in brass rising to the surface after heating.
Here we needed to decide whether or not to use seed pearls (on the left) or lent shaped pearls. We also thought that the high polish was too reflective.
Here we needed to decide whether or not to use seed pearls (on the left) or larger  pearls. We also thought that the high polish was too reflective.
We added patina to the backside and matte finished the front
We added patina to the backside and matte finished the front
Kathleen Lynagh Jewelry
Brass and pearl earrings by Kathleen Lynagh Jewelry

Kathleen Lynagh Jewelry

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  1. Kathleen:   What a fun project.  It looks great!  I’m so jealous.   Worked this week on an inventory project for Breanna.  It was hanging pieces that came from a production company onto racks, separating them into indivigual films, the actors, then deciding whether or not there were things that could be sold as memorabilia.  Turns out, the bags had been rifled through and all important pieces were removed and replaced by junk.  Out of the 15 racks, only two were of any quality at all that could be sold and nothing of any great value.  I haven’t done this type of work in a long time, carting hangers around, so I’m exhausted.  Since the job didn’t require any skilled knowledge, I cut my rate so I was making less than I usually charge for twice the physical labor.  Next week we start another project that should take two days.  Oh, why do we have to work for a living?   Hope all is well.   Larry

    1. It would be my honor and pleasure to make a crown for you. What a fun project, how would you decide what type of crown? Royalty had inherited gems, we on the other hand have our creativity.

    1. As of today, I haven’t, however I have worked from very tiny family pictures to re-create a treasured bracelet. A painting would be a wonderful experience.

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