Special exhibition
11 Feb. 2012 – 28 May. 2012
Pearls – the jewels of the sea – have fascinated us for two thousand years with their particular allure. They are timeless and have been used as status symbols by royalty and the powerful to demonstrate position and wealth.
At Rosenborg Castle you can experience the many forms of the pearl, and see the delicate concordance between the historic use of pearls and modern interpretations. The exhibition will inform you about what a pearl actually is and introduce you to Akoya, Tahitian, and South Sea pearls.
The exhibition provides, on the one hand, cultural historical insight through historical artefacts and ornaments, and on the other shows new, unique, creative ideas for pearl creations.

The tiara is most likely from 1825, when it was donated to Princess Louise of the Netherlands, the Queen’s great-grandmother. The tiara is part of a set, considered to be among the most prestigious pices of jewelry in the Danish royal family’s possession.
Photo: Iben Bølling Kaufmann

One of the highlights of the exhibition is the impressive Perlepoire diadem, which HM Queen Margrethe has graciously loaned for the occasion. Among the jewels of former queens you can see the unhappy Queen Caroline Mathilde’s wedding present of 1768 – a necklace of freshwater pearls collected by Scottish women. Renowned goldsmiths such as Bodil Binner, P. Hertz, and Charlotte Lynggaard, amongst others, will take part with works produced for the occasion.

Goldsmith Bodil Binners exclusive Mademoiselle Sade: Shaft of silver, studded with beautiful, big Tahiti cultured pearls and clear diamonds and long blond hair from a virgin.
Photo: Iben Bølling Kaufmann

The exhibition is the result of a collaboration between Rosenborg and jewelry writer Nina Hald, who together with goldsmith Bodil Binner and Flemming Hertz came up with the idea aout focusing on pearls past and present. Nina Hald is also the author of the exhibition’s catalog.


In connection with the exhibition, photographer Les Kaner has taken portraits of a number of well-known Danes, with pearls as the theme. Amongst others: Ulrik Thomsen, Merete Stagethorn, Lotte Friis, Christiane Schaumburg-Müller, and Susanne Bier.








Taking part in the exhibition:

Bodil Binner
P. Hertz

Charlotte Lynggaard, Ole Lynggaard CPH
Jytte Kløve
Mari Keto

Josephine Bergsøe

Diana Holstein, Emquies-Holstein


TorbenSkov Pearls

Marc’Harit ved Kira Kampmann 

For further information and photos for press use contact:

Peter Kristiansen ( 3318 6043
Axel Harms ( 3318 6048

Curator Peter Kristiansen ( 3318 6043
Head of Communication Axel Harms ( 3318 6048

Baroque pearl ornament from the treasury at Rosenborg Castle, made in Germany ca. 1570. The pearl is shaped like a dolphin, and the ornament has been used as a toothpick.
Photo: Rosenborg Castle