Georges de La Tour painted Le Tricheur à l’as de carreau (The Cheat with the Ace of Diamonds) in the 1600’s and in so created the inspiration for this necklace. Worn in the painting around the neck of the courtesan depicted is a necklace of large olive-shaped pearls and coordinating earrings which is available now as the Baroque Pearl Necklace through the Musée du Louvre for €50. The olive-shaped pearl are made of glass and coated with pearlescent paint. Its weight on the neck has a luxurious and decadent feel, but with an approachable and everyday price.
I have enjoyed mine for over a decade and find it goes wonderfully with a strapless dress or even a class suit. This would make a very thoughtful and unique gift since it is a museum piece and, therefore, not run-of-the-mill jewelry.