Jewellery from Taylor and Monroe at V&A Museum

Treasured jewellery worth tens of thousands, including items worn by late movie star Elizabeth Taylor, have been brought together to give a dazzling history of pearls.

The pearl pendant earrings and ring once owned by Hollywood film star Elizabeth Taylor
The pearl pendant earrings and ring once owned by Hollywood film star Elizabeth Taylor Credit: PA Wire

Also among the items are a 1930s Cartier necklace made of natural Gulf pearls, tiaras which have been worn by European nobility, and a necklace given to Marilyn Monroe by Joe DiMaggio in 1954.

The Pearl Necklace once owned by Hollywood film star Marilyn Monroe
The Pearl Necklace once owned by Hollywood film star Marilyn Monroe Credit: PA Wire

More than 200 trinkets and artworks will make up the new exhibition, called simply Pearls, when it opens to the public at London's V&A Museum at the weekend.

The Roseberry Pearl and Diamond Tiara that was given to Hannah De Rothschild as a wedding present in 1878
The Roseberry Pearl and Diamond Tiara that was given to Hannah De Rothschild as a wedding present in 1878 Credit: PA Wire

The exhibition, opening on Saturday, brings together pearls dating from the early Roman Empire to the present day and shows how they have been used as a symbol of status and wealth around the world.