About the exhibition
A stunning array of pearls dating from the early Roman empire to the present day is on show at the V&A, demonstrating the long association of pearls with wealth, royalty and glamour.
Rare natural specimens of pearl are display, as well as portraits and photographs. Among the exhibition’s highlights is a pearl necklace once worn by Mary, Queen of Scots, a group of magnificent tiaras worn by European royalty and a pair of pearl drop earrings owned by Elizabeth Taylor.
Pearls is on display at the V&A, London, from 21 September 2013 to 19 January 2014. For more information, and to buy tickets, visit the V&A website.