○ The VERMEER Collection ○
Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) was a Dutch Baroque painter born in Delft in Holland and remained there throughout his life. He painted domestic scenes of everyday life, and is renowned for his use of light. He used the expensive pigment lapis lazuli in many of his paintings to give the vibrant blue which can be seen in the headdress of The Girl with the Pearl Earring.
Only thirty-five paintings by Vermeer survive, and it was not until two centuries after his death that he was recognized as one of the Masters of the Dutch Golden Age.
Licensed by the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, this official jewellery collection was inspired by the painting of The Girl with the Pearl Earring. Lapis lazuli and faceted citrine are teamed with freshwater pearls set in goldplated silver to create a flawless range of classical jewellery.
Traditionally lapis lazuli is given as a gift to celebrate nine years of marriage.
The Girl with the Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer
The Royal Picture Gallery, Mauritshuis, Holland.
"As pure as a pearl, And as perfect: a noble and innocent girl." John Milton