I love the way women in the late 1800s and early 1900s wore long strands of pearls such as the Vanderbilt women. So I recently purchased a 52" strand.
My question... I have not been able to find out the pearl size of the strands these women wore. I see the strands in pictures in many books (Girls with Pearls, Pearls, etc...), but there is no reference of pearl size.
Also, what size pearls were Queen Elizabeth I? They look quite big, but as they were natural pearls, could they all have been say 9-10mm akoyas which would make them super super rare.
And finally, what happened to all these strands? I am mostly curious as to what happened with the Vanderbilt pearls?
If anyone has any insight, I would appreciate it.