Portrait of Georgie Burne-Jones by Rossetti
It all started with the Lady of Shalott. Ever since I first fell in love with that artwork at the age of 15, I stared at it constantly, taking in every detail. I dreamed of being the lady. But I thought..."why does she look a little like a hippie?" It was the headband. With the wooden beaded necklaces. But the artwork was produced long before even the oldest hippies were ever conceived.
Then I started my in-depth fascination with the Pre-Raphaelites themselves, and noticed, in portrait after portrait, the actual family members of the Brotherhood wore long beaded necklaces made from what appear to be smoothly hewn, simple materials.
(Various pictures of the Burne-Jones and Morris children at different ages)
Finally, the Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood did a post about jewelry in Rossetti's art, and I saw the coral necklace he uses in many repeated paintings. I thought "what IS it with these beads??" and thought I'd investigate.
Well...investigation yielded...nothing. I am now utterly intrigued by these necklaces, seemingly so very intrinsic to the Pre-Raphaelite fashion. Why? Who started it? And was it just a Pre-Raphaelite style choice, or was it part of a larger fashion trend?
Anyone with any answers, please feel free to post them!