A Necklace Months in the Making

The closest Renaissance Fair is an hour and a half away from me. I’ve wanted to go for several years now, but couldn’t ever seem to make it work. Today, however, I finally got to go!


As they say at the fair, huzzah!


I had a lot of fun perusing the shops, sampling the food, listening to the music, watching the shows, and rooting for the green knight.


Unfortunately, he didn’t do so well…

But fortunately for me, I found something to add to my Renaissance ensemble that I’ve been searching for for quite a while now.

Portrait of a Young Woman c. 1475 Tempera on panel, Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti), Florence Botticelli.

When I made my pink Renaissance dress I based some of the design on the portrait above and what intrigued me about her outfit was that she seems to be wearing a necklace on a black cord.


— Portrait of Maddalena Doni, 1505, Oil on wood, Palazzo Pitti, Raphael. — Portrait of a Young Woman c. 1490 Oil on poplar Staatliche Museen, MAZZIERE. — Portrait of Giovanna Tornabuoni, 1488, Tempera on wood, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, GHIRLANDAIO. —

Some more research turned up these three images which showed slightly different views of ladies with pendants on black cords, wearing outfits ranging from the everyday to the grand.

Of course I had to have one for myself!


I picked up the black leather cord from Jo-Ann’s for about $2 months ago and have been searching for the perfect pendant ever since. Well, I happened upon the one in the picture tucked away in the back of a tent today at the fair. It’s mounted on an old coin and has a substantial weight to it.

Costanza Caetani
DOMENICO GHIRLANDAIO (1449 – 1494) | Portrait of Costanza Caetani – 1480/90. The National Gallery, London.

I bought it for $6 and brought it home to mount on the cord. Since there seems to be multiple ways to tie the cord, I went with the way the lady above seems to be wearing hers.


Just slip the pendant on, measure the length of the cord, tie a knot at the back of my neck, then one more about two inches up from the bottom. Easy peasy!


This is how long it hangs. Long enough to slip over my head and tuck into my dress if I want.

Hurray Huzzah for unexpected finds!