Raphael – Lady With Unicorn



A Renaissance statement necklace with a rich colour scheme. It was made around a vintage porcelain cameo with an image of Raphael’s painting “Portrait of Young Woman with Unicorn”. It is believed that she was Giulia Farnese, the mistress of pope Rodrigo de Borgia.

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The rich colours include deep burgundy, bronze and aqua. I used a gorgeous mookaite jasper stone believed to boost the immune system and slow down the effects of aging. Genuine garnet chips, silk ribbon recycled from sari industry in India, lots of antique bronze metallic accents, sequins and a burgundy colour embossed suede leather. It all ends with a verdigris dangle and a Swarovski burgundy cross as a reference to the story of the lady in the original painting.

Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino (1483-1520) was an Italian painter of the Renaissance. Together with Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, he was one of the greatest masters of that time. Many of his works are in the Vatican.

The lady in the cameo is believed to be Giulia Farnese, a noble woman and the mistress of pope Rodrigo de Borgia (Alexander VI). It was painted around 1505/1506 and it is found in Galleria Borghese in Rome.

Renaissance portrait Raphael

Additional information

Size / Weight

The pendant measures 6 1/2″ (165mm) (including the drop) and a maximum 3 1/2″ (90mm) in width. The collar is adjustable from 16 1/4"(410mm) to 18 1/4"(470mm). It weighs 83g.


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Care & Maintenance

Do not let perfume or cosmetics come in direct contact with the beads and components. While I choose my material carefully and I try to provide the best quality, if not properly taken care of, all beads will change or lose colour or shine in time if exposed to chemicals.

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