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Jo's Art History Podcast

35 EpisodesProduced by Jo McLaughlinWebsite

Join art historian Jo McLaughlin as she delves into the wonderful world of art history in a different way!Jo’s aim is to begin breaking down the elitism which surrounds the subject of art history and believes in order to do so, it’s important to create a space where everyone from all walks of life h… read more


8. Charles I & His Pearl Earring with Yachu Yang

Welcome to the Jo’s Art History Podcast. A podcast which celebrates all things art historical every single day.

On today’s podcast, Jo sits down with Antique Jeweller Yachu Yang to discuss one of history’s most depicted pearls - Charles I’s pearl earring. Given to the King in his youth, this pearl was so loved by the King he not only wore it every day of his life, he famously wore it to his beheading!

BUT - the art history fun does not stop. there.

We could not talk about pearls in art history without giving you a whistle stop tour of the most famous painting which depicts a pearl - Johannes Vermeer’s Girl With A pearl Earring.

Jo and Yachu also discuss two pearls which have also come to auction in the past decade belong to two very famous women - Elizabeth Taylor and Queen Marie Antoinette!

In this episode we talk pearls, what they symbolise in both art and the everyday and just how much would you be willing to spend in a pearl that belonged to the last Queen of France?

Guest: Yachu Yang


Instagram: @clarkeandyang_antiquejewellery

Host: Jo McLaughlin


Instagram: @josarthistory


All images referred to can be found on my website here: or on my Instagram page @josarthistory


Charles I - The King with the Pearl Earring:

Google Arts & Culture Vermeer: A Painter of Pearls:

More information on the Pearl Sale:

16 Interesting Facts about Pearls:

History of Elizabeth Taylor La Peregrina:

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