“The Crown” is Netflix big budget (rumored to cost $100 million dollar) binge-able series which chronicles a British monarch’s life with six 10-episode seasons — The first season starting in 1947 with a 21-year-old, just-married Elizabeth (Claire Foy). The decade following covers the beginning of her reign, the early years of her marriage to Prince Philip (Matt Smith) and relationship with her younger sister Margaret (Vanessa Kirby), who wants to marry a divorced man. (Keep in mind, Elizabeth’s father became King after his brother, Edward, abdicated to marry American divorcée Wallis Simpson.)
Michele Clapton, the costume designer for the series, said that she was attracted to the project’s complicated layers: “It was something that I was really interested in doing because of the story I had to tell, the public and private life.” In the series there were 350 principal costumes and about 7000 extras’ costumes all beautifully detailed.
Here is a video showing highlights the in the film.
My interest of course was all the jewelry and the crowns.
However one small detail caught my eye, the Queen is often shown wearing a three strand pearl necklace. After viewing a close up image of said necklace I could see the pearls were not knotted. Something only a jewelry designer would notice, a very small detail. But pearls should always be knotted, the knots provide the spacing between the pearls to prevent them from touching, which can damage them.
I throughly enjoyed the series and plan to catch Season 2.