Elisabeth of Austria Agate Ears pendants
A jewel inspired by a portrait of Elisabeth of Austria by the painter François Clouet (ca. 1515-1572).
François Clouet is the son of Jean Clouet, to whom he succeeds as portraitist of the Court; he will serve four kings: François I, Henri II, François II, and finally Charles IX. In 1571, he executed the portrait of Elisabeth of Austria, wife of Charles IX and Queen of France since 1570. Elisabeth of Austria discovered the Court of France at the age of sixteen. From this union was born in 1572 a daughter, Mary Elizabeth, whom the queen had to leave in 1574, when on the death of her husband she was forced to return to Vienna. She is one of the least known queens of the Renaissance, little involved in political affairs, she remained in the shadow of Queen Mother Catherine de Medici, in a country divided by the wars of religion. She nevertheless aroused the admiration of Brantome, who described her as "one of the best, the sweetest, the wisest, and the most virtuous Queens who reigned since the reign of all the Kings and Queens who have ever reigned".
3 micron gold-plated brass, black agate and resin
Keep the jewel away from dust and moisture.
Avoid contact with perfume, chemicals and cosmetics; avoid getting the jewel wet.