Amor et Virtute Stud Earrings (Gold Vermeil)
Part of the new National Portrait Gallery jewellery collection. These discrete but unusual stud earrings in polished Gold Vermeil feature Ralegh’s motto ‘Amor et Virtute’, meaning love and virtue, inscribed on the earrings. Secured with a post fitting and butterfly clasp, they are suitable for pierced ears only. They are sold as an unmatched pair with one word only on each earring.
Ralegh’s gallantry and voyages of exploration made him a firm favourite with Elizabeth I, and the portrait containing his motto was painted at the peak of his popularity. His fine clothes and jewels are indications of his status and prosperity.