Bella Hadid, supermodel, wore an initial necklace that had an “B” charm and three teardrop pearls. This prompted a lot of people to use Google to find out the origin of the jewel. What is the answer? Tudorcore!

Tudorcore is a new trend that marries the best of both 16th-century England and today’s fashions. According to Lyst, global search platform Lyst, the demand for similar jewelry pieces rose by 56% after Hadid wore it. According to Lyst, there has been an increase in interest in “Tudor” dresses over the last few months. Tudor style was heavily influenced by key English royal court members. It is known for its square neckline, structured bodices, and Spanish farthingale (a conical undergarment that added volume to skirts).

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This is partly due to BBC’s popular series, The Boleyns: A Scandalous Familie, which tells the story about the family’s rise from commoners to higher echelons in British royalty. Their eldest daughter Anne was the catalyst for political change in the country. Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII (king of England) was made queen in 1533. Elizabeth I, one of England’s most powerful monarchs was born to her in the same year. In 1536, she was sentenced to death for adultery, treason and incest. Although most Henry VIII’s wives suffered the same fate after Boleyn, her story is the most well-known. Boleyn adopted the motto “Let them grumble. That is how it is going be” for a while. Claire Ridgway, the founder of The Anne Boleyn Files says that this is the original “haters are gonna hate” statement. Ridgway states, “I believe the drama of her story grabs me.” “She was a modern lady.”

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Her fashion choices are more 2021-inspired than 1531, so much so. Initial necklaces are a hot trend today. Balenciaga, Chloe and other luxury designers have launched their own versions of initial necklaces. They range from large chain-link silhouettes to delicate gold charm pieces. A long-standing tradition in modern design is the nameplate necklace. These necklaces literally bear a person’s initials. Monogrammed pieces are often associated with the wealthy and famous. Ridgway says initials were used on royal accessories in the 16th century. Boleyn wore an “H-A” necklace in official portraits to honor her marriage to Henry VIII. This was a fashion reserved for those who have the financial means to order such pieces. Historians have tried for years to find meaning in Boleyn’s initial necklaces. This is mainly due to the fact that the available portraits were made half a century after her death. And as Boleyn’s story keeps getting depicted in movies and shows like The Other Boleyn Girl and The Tudors, the attention to Boleyn’s jewelry just continues to grow. Boleyn’s most iconic fashion statement, which was an accessory that she wore around her neck that was so famously severed, is full of twisted poetry.

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Adriana, 21 years old, preferred to keep her last names private. She first heard about the necklace through Hadid’s outing and posted her initial reaction via Twitter: “God, this is so sexy. It was definitely worth it.” She says the appeal of the necklace’s design is what makes it so appealing. She says that she was surprised to learn that the necklace was inspired by Anne Boleyn’s necklace due to its modern, almost timeless design. “I believe that the necklace can stand on its own.”

Ridgway claims that Anne Boleyn’s sex appeal is mythologized over the centuries due to people being truly puzzled by Henry VIII’s seemingly dangerous obsession with Boleyn. He gave up his Catholic faith to marry her. This was the foundation on which English royalty had claimed power. His relationship with Anne Boleyn sparked a religious crisis in England and was the birth of the Anglican Church. Roisin Byrne from Ireland, who first learned about Anne Boleyn through the musical’s Six, believes that her story is part a larger cultural phenomenon, which is looking at how women have been portrayed in history.

“Anne Boleyn feels as the blueprint for victimized woman who were characterized promiscuous and manipulative,” she said, adding that the way Anne Boleyn had been sexualized and demonized was a precursor to how society exploited current women like Britney.

Although we know much about Anne Boleyn, the history of the “B” necklace is not clear. Ridgway says it is not clear where the necklace originated, nor whether it was passed on to Elizabeth I after Boleyn’s death. Some say the necklace is now part of the Imperial State Crown, currently worn by Queen Elizabeth II, but Ridgway says that’s unfounded. . .

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The charm of the necklace is not only the story behind it, but also the mystery surrounding its wearer. Look on Amazon, Etsy and Depop to find many versions. Some sellers offer exact replicas while others create personalized versions of the famous necklace. The replica of the necklace is available at the official shop of the Tower of London where Henry VIII was held, and it retails for $75.

Maydi Diaz is one of these Anne Boleyn Etsy vendors. Maydi Diaz’s approach to the necklace is to modernize it with interchangeable initials to allow people to personalize it. Diaz said she has always been fascinated by Tudor-style fashion and jewelry. But Boleyn’s necklace is special because it tells a story. “I think we can all identify with Anne’s uninhibited style of living, with her tendency to do whatever it takes in order to achieve happiness,” Diaz stated.

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Julia, a New York-based Boleyn cosplayer, prefers to keep her last name secret and has been dressing up in Boleyn costumes since 2020. After seeing the musical, Julia became obsessed with Boleyn’s story, fashion, and style. She began searching Amazon, Etsy and eBay for Tudor-style headpieces and dresses that resemble the portraits of the former queen. Her Instagram account showcases just how much Julia identifies with Boleyn’s story, staging photoshoots with the costumes she procures online in order to bring a bit of Boleyn back to life, nearly 500 years after her death.

She is wearing a replica Boleyn pearl necklace in almost all of her photos. She says, “Her courage and strength in a male-dominated age inspires me so much.”

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