The Queen’s love of pearls stems from a family tradition going back hundreds of years. No matter the occasion, Queen Elizabeth is rarely seen without her favorite piece of jewelry – her signature pearl necklace.
“Pearls are traditional for Queens going back one thousand years — there has never been a Queen who didn’t wear pearls,” Leslie Field, author of The Queen’s Jewels, tells PEOPLE. “They were rare, beautiful and lustrous and the more you wear them, the more lustrous they become.”
By Monique Jessen