Passionate Dates in History: A Thousand Years of Jewelry

1000 A celestial love. Pope Sylvester II gives Stephan of Hungary a crown containing 320 pearls, gems, and icons. Stephan was later made a saint. 1140 A childhood love. Eleanor of Aquitaine gives her friend Richard Animal a sapphire and gold ring with his initials. The two had studied together. 1236 A well-tressed love. Eleanor of Provence has nine jeweled chaplets and garlands for her hair when she marries Henry II. She later buys eleven more. 1299 Bridal rights. By Venetian law, only the bride may wear pearls at a wedding. 1375 A shining example. Alice Perrers, the mistress of Edward III, attends the Smithfield Joust as "Lady of the Sun," resplendent with numerous jewels. Her jewelry inventory lists 22,000 pearls alone. 1396 A lavish love. Queen Isabella of France is wed to Richard II of England with a ring of sapphire and ruby worth £100. He also gives her crowns, a gemston
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