Jewellery in Art

Art materials

Art comes in many forms, performing arts such as music, theatre and cinema, decorative arts and even architecture. However, when we hear the word art, it’s usually the visual arts that come to mind, the creation of images and feelings with paintings and sculptures. Many are, also, those who consider jewellery to be work of art. So, what does define jewellery as art? It’s the quality of design, composition and amazing workmanship that made jewellery to be thought of as art.

painting detail featuring jewellery

And although jewellery is a form of art on its own, there are many examples of stunning artwork that further shows the beauty and importance of it. We have gathered a selection of our favourite pieces that highlights just that.

Girl with a Pearl Earring

Girl with the pearl earring

This famous 17th-century oil painting was created by Dutch master Johannes Vermeer. Vermeer specialised in domestic interior scenes of middle-class life and was particularly renowned for the use of light in his paintings. Girl with a Pearl Earring is a seemingly simple image of a girl with a headscarf and a pearl earring, but it had a great cultural impact inspiring novels, films, plays as well as the recreation of the painting as a mural by Banksy.

The string of pearls

The string of pearls painting

Timeless pearls are in the spotlight again with William McGregor Paxton’s painting. The string of pearls was painted in 1908. Paxton was known for his extraordinary attention to detail and light and he often painted idealised young women in beautiful interiors, just like his idol, Vermeer, whose method he painstakingly studied.

Portrait of Henry VIII

Henry VII by Holbein painting

The Portrait of Henry VIII, by the German Master Hans Holbein the Younger is one of the most iconic images of Henry and is one of the most famous portraits of any British monarch. It was originally created in 1536–1537 as part of a mural showing the Tudor dynasty at the Palace of Whitehall in London.

For the Love of God

Love of God artwork by Hirst

For the Love of God was created by Damien Hirst in 2007 and it consists of a platinum cast of an 18th – century human skull encrusted with 8,601 flawless diamonds and a pear-shaped pink diamond, known as the Skull Star Diamond, located in the forehead. The artwork is a reminder of the mortality of the viewer. It costed £14 million to produce and when it displayed at the White Cube Gallery in London had the asking price of £50 million, that would have been the highest price ever paid for a single work by a living artist.


Engagement is a series of sculptures by the American conceptual artist Dennis Oppenheim depicting two diamond engagement rings. This version was installed in 2005 in Vancouver as part of an open-air museum project by the Vancouver International Sculpture Biennale and it stands at nearly 30ft tall. The “diamonds” are illuminated and are composed of translucent plexiglass boxes, steel and aluminium.

And as Oscar Wilde once said, “One should either be a work of art or wear a work of art”, here at Ernest Jones we have an expansive range of jewellery to help you find the work of art that fits your taste and personality, but if you’re feeling overwhelmed, we have handpicked our favourite pieces.


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