If they meet most or all of the criteria, then the next step is to find a reputable jeweler who can take a look and tell you a bit more about them. The best way is always going to be to get a recommendation from someone you trust. After opening the box with my wedding veil that was preserved 40 years ago, I discovered that a few of the pearls were discolored — a tan color. I was told that formaldehyde was sprayed on it.
What do you suggest? It depends on whether the pearls are genuine or faux. Even genuine pearls will begin to show some candlelight coloration over time, however, so the best thing might be to embrace the vintage charm! I cleaned my pearls by dipping in a jewelry cleaner and rinse with water. They now do not have any luster. How do I get the luster back? Many jewelry cleaners are far too acidic for pearls and can damage their delicate surfaces.
In general for pearl cleaning, we recommend a gentle wipe with a damp cloth after wearing, and then for more extensive occasional cleaning, a dip in ordinary household ammonia or Pearl Juice. First, try giving them a bath in a mild solution of warm water and a couple of drops of dish detergent. Gently rub the pearls to remove any surface dye. Rinse them thoroughly and lay them out flat to dry for 24 hours. I have a beautiful sterling bracelet with a large mother-of-pearl cabochon. Is there any way to restore it, apply some finish to mimic the luster?
Or is it possible it can be buffed to the original shine? Thank you so much for your expertise. You may be in luck! Mother of pearl is one of the easier materials to restore through buffing, as long as the cabochon is thick enough to handle losing a bit of depth.
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I absolutely love the study done of the character of Vermeer. At one point, a character tells Griet the imagined Girl with a Pearl Earring to be careful, since Vermeer does not see her, but r I wrote a paper on artistic expression using Girl with a Pearl Earring as a source, since it is a painting, a movie, and a book. At one point, a character tells Griet the imagined Girl with a Pearl Earring to be careful, since Vermeer does not see her, but rather the painting that she will make. The artist sees the world only as paintings, not as people.
This is shown as incredibly selfish. He loves only those things that fit into his sense of light and shape and color and tone. He has no interest in that which does not add to his work. And it is for one reason only I will say that the movie was better than the book: The movie was an endless series of portraits in motion, and a huge motif and focus on Vermeer's eyes.
Colin Firth is known for his ability to play the quiet loner see: Darcy and it's brilliantly done here. It's one of my favorite movies. I do warn that it is incredibly quiet and intimate, and not a lot happens. Many people may be bored by it. But I think if you read this book in the first place you're the kind of person to like the movie.
Apr 10, Natasha! I've been hearing good things about this book for years. I found the prose artificially concise as if she had purposely limited her vocabulary by a factor of ten, or as if the narrator was Dutch but just learning English , the characters completely flat and unbelievable, and the rise in drama both ill-explained and uninteresting. Chevalier set up the Vermeer household as a jealous, gossipy, backstabbing mess, yes -- but she shouldn't have expected that to explain why the main character felt she'd "be ruined" if the lady of the house found out that she was excelling at her job.
And also, good god, please don't over-explain every single metaphor, image, and implication. I just wonder what it could be! I understand what the butcher said. If the narrator is as unflinchingly, humorlessly intelligent and perceptive as she is made out to be, she understands too. I kept turning the pages, and I did enjoy the time spent on my butt, eating cookie dough, with the book in my lap -- but the awkward prose never let me engage with the story enough to stop criticizing it. View all 7 comments. Jan 11, Anna rated it it was amazing. This book features one of my favorite book heroines of all time.
Griet is competent, intelligent and observant. She possesses the laudable ability to maneuver 17th century Delft in a shrewd and practical manner while still retaining her love of art; finding beauty in even mundane things. Griet has a first-rate mind, concealed in the body of - essentially - a peasant. This poor maid is the only person who truly understands Vermeer's work. The relationship she develops with the painter is satisfyin This book features one of my favorite book heroines of all time.
The relationship she develops with the painter is satisfyingly subtle; a nuanced understanding which never falls into the trap of passionate declarations or overwrought pining. In fact, the thing I like about Griet the most is that she never even flirts with self-pity or self aggrandizement. She knows who she is. This book is the most successful and in my opinion the best of Tracy Chevalier's fictional works, which focus on the lives connected to the production of famous works of art.
I do not recommend the movie, however. Scarlett Johanssen plays Griet like someone not used to housework, Colin Firth's Vermeer obtusely has puppy dog eyes for Scarlett, and Cillian Murphy is just too Metro to be believed. Apr 03, Helen 2. Girl With a Pearl Earring tells a short story using a lot of words. Even though the novel spans more than a decade, not too much of note happens besides Vermeer's painting. The book is more like an historical account of an ordinary life with occasional excitement sprinkled in. I got a little bored at times.
I thought Tracy Chevalier spent too much time describing commonplace objects and scenes washing clothes, dusting, shopping and not enough time giving insight on Griet's character and the hou Girl With a Pearl Earring tells a short story using a lot of words.
I thought Tracy Chevalier spent too much time describing commonplace objects and scenes washing clothes, dusting, shopping and not enough time giving insight on Griet's character and the household drama. The plot was always moving forward, even if it was subtle. I adored the author's prose. She liked comparing intangible concepts to tangible objects. Tracy Chevalier did a wonderful job of centering the story around Vermeer by only ever referring to him with pronouns.
Griet would think of Vermeer solely as "he" or very rarely "my master", but never his name and it gave the impression that Vermeer was the only man in the world to Griet. When he stood close to me I could feel the warmth of his body. Or not alone, but only with me. It wasn't an easy read but still a very good one. View all 4 comments. Mar 06, Pink rated it it was amazing. I don't say that often enough about a book. I was impressed with the writing, completely invested in the story and pleased with the ending. It's not easy to tick all those boxes, especially in a relatively short story. What more can I say.
In the seventeenth century, in Delft, a thriving Dutch city, everything had a pre-established order. Rich and poor, Catholics and Protestants, bosses and servants, everyone knew their place. When Griet went to work at the home of the painter Johannes Vermeeer, she thought she knew his role: No one expected, however, that her delicate manners, her insight and her fascination with the master's paintings would draw her inexorably in In the seventeenth century, in Delft, a thriving Dutch city, everything had a pre-established order.
No one expected, however, that her delicate manners, her insight and her fascination with the master's paintings would draw her inexorably into her world. But as the girl became an integral part of his work, the growing intimacy between them spread the tension and disappointment in the house and acquired the proportion of a scandal throughout the city. Tracy Chevalier had inspired by one of the most famous paintings of Vermeer - Girl With a Pearl Earring - to write this novel creating a beautiful and moving story about the abuse of innocence and the price of genius.
May 17, Kandice rated it it was amazing. This book is gorgeously written. I love that Chevalier makes up all these lives to give a back story to just this one painting. Well, that's not true. We actually see the painting of three or four of Vermeer's 35 through Griet's eyes.
I know that I had to constantly pull up images of his paintings as I read to actually see what Griet was describing. I must also say that I have never been much of a Vermeer fan, but having read about Vermeer through Griet's eyes, I see his paintings as much more c This book is gorgeously written. I must also say that I have never been much of a Vermeer fan, but having read about Vermeer through Griet's eyes, I see his paintings as much more complex and studied than I had before.
I hope Chevalier got the process right, because it would be a pity if he actually painted some other way. Vermeer hires Griet as a house girl for his wife and five children. Griet is sorely needed. Vermeer and his wife Catherina come to Griet's home to meet her and the initial meeting comes across more as his hiring her for his own mysterious "pleasure", but when Griet arrives in their home she truly is a house girl. It takes much time for Vermeer to begin to use Griet to not only clean his painting studio, but to eventually run painting errands, mix colors, help him "see" the painting in hiding and eventually to model for him.
Griet is the girl in the pearl earring. An earring, in a previously unpierced ear, belonging to Catherina. Talk about a scandal in the making. There is more to the story. Griet's family falls on sad and hard times. Griet is wooed and eventually married by a nice young man, but none of that matters. The painting is the thing and Chevalier brings this and other paintings to life in a way I have never before experienced.
I would compare this book to the Doctor Who episode "Vincent and the Doctor". We care about the art because we are made to care about the artist. Chevalier does a beautiful job of this. Aug 03, Zahra rated it it was amazing Shelves: Nov 03, Katie Lumsden rated it it was amazing.
An utter joy to read. Really engaging, historically interesting, with strong characterisation and beautiful writing. I will definitely be picking up more by her! Jan 27, Marian rated it really liked it. I enjoyed this book. The story is subtle making it the perfect example that less is more in a story. Some of my thoughts as I read: The society of the time classified everyone as a "have" or a "have not".
For a girl who was in between it was a matter of time before she was forced to one side or the other. She never fit in either world. Clearly this girl had a raw, undeveloped talent for art. Had she lived in a different century would she have been the artist instead of the muse? Her role w I enjoyed this book.
Her role was so defined she didn't even question the possibility herself. The fictional Vermeer was a coward. I hope the real one was not. I didn't blame the wife. She had eleven children and a husband who cruelly excluded her from his art. Be careful of the passion you feel for a painter with OCD tendencies when you're eighteen--it never lasts. She should have kept the earrings and worn them with pride. The painting is captivating. I would have given it 5 stars if it weren't for the groping.
Apr 14, Lavinia rated it it was amazing Shelves: I don't know if it has to do with my vacation days or the fact that I really, but really enjoyed reading this novel, but is was almost impossible to put it down, even though I'm not a big fan of historical fiction and I've watched the film 2 times already. Speaking of it, I'm sure there were many details left out, it's hard now to tell which, but it was definitely an advantage to put a face on the characters. My interest in art over the years was quite inconsistent and I started by liking the mod I don't know if it has to do with my vacation days or the fact that I really, but really enjoyed reading this novel, but is was almost impossible to put it down, even though I'm not a big fan of historical fiction and I've watched the film 2 times already.
My interest in art over the years was quite inconsistent and I started by liking the modernists and surrealists, and by the time I met Vermeer I considered the Dutch masters and many others for that matter to be too old and classical for my taste. It was only in the last decade that I acknowledged them and still cannot put my finger on when I began to like Vermeer. But back to the book. I don't remember if the Protestants VS Catholics issue was much focused on in the film version, but it was quite interesting to follow it throughout the book, and from what I've read, Chevalier's first novel went even deeper into it.
I terribly liked how Vermeer was always he , him or his for Griet and the Master and Servant relationship was very much to my taste!
And I'm back to the film: And now I must choose something as gripping as this or else I will end up struggling to finish Fry's memoir. Mar 30, Chrissie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Each character was portrayed with depth.
I kept thinking that I should quote this line or that, but this was impossible without giving spoilers. You must read the book to get into each of these characters and to submerge yourself into their lives. The book is not only about thes principal characters but also about what motivates an artist to create. Who is an artist? Isn't it someone who simply cannot stop himself from painting, or playing music, or sculpting shapes, Finished: Isn't it someone who simply cannot stop himself from painting, or playing music, or sculpting shapes, or catching just the right image on the film, or simply a dancer who physically CANNOT stop dancing There is an urge within that is stronger than everything else.
I am so sorry to close the book's covers and leave their world. I will start with a quote and then explain my thoughts: For no particular reason but a vague distrust, she did not like me. All of us tend to like some particular type of person over another. There is nothing strange about that. But my question is why do some people have to cause trouble for those they for some inherent reason simply don't like?
The movie was a total failure in its ability to convey the causes of the characters' emotional undercurrents. It is the examination of these undercurrents that makes this story so marvelous. The movie was very pretty, yes, but that's all. I remember specifically leaving more confused and empty after seeing the movie.
Sort of with the question: The book has enticed me to go to Delft and see the city where Vermeer worked. It is only 1. This is a "must-do" now. I love the book. I wonder what I will find out. And OMG some people are yucks! What is the relationship between Vermeer and the maid Griet? THAT is the primary question underlieing this book.
This is made clear in the foreword. Look at the painting and you can see several emotions.
So what is going on between the master and the model - some relationship must exist, but what exactly is the nature of that relationship? Known historical facts are lacking. We can only hypotehsize and make conjectures, but thinking about the possibilities is the impetus that caused Tracy Chevalier to write this book. Here follows a quote: I could get up earlier and go to bed later, but sometimes he gave me so much work that I had to find a way to go up in the afternoons, when normally I sat by the fire and sewed.
I began to complain of my not being able to see my stitchinging the dim kitchen, and needing the light of my bright attic room. I began to get use to lying.
He never helped by lying for me, or asking me if I had time to spare for him. He gave me instructions in the morning and expected them to be done the next day. I came to love grinding the things he brought from the apothecary I learned that the finer the materials were ground, the deeper the color Making it and the other colors was magical. You see the love and interest Griet had for the paints and their colors. Questions arise about Vermeer - how could he fail to understand that his additional work demands pushed Griet into an awkward position and even jeopardized her employment in the household?
You are right there, in Delft, Holland , mids. You smell it - the food cooking, the linseed oil in the painting room; you feel the fabrics, the air on your skin; you hear the sound of washing and ironing and cooking pots boiling and children playing and you see all the details you've seen when looking at paintings of this time period. Absolutely marvelous depiction of all the household items, market squares and canals and the paintings hung in every room of Vermeer's house.
You feel Griet's fear of the paintings depicting Catholic beliefs - she is Protestant and there remain few Catholics in Delft after the Spanish were defeated. Everybody praises this book and as long as I didn't read it I could stick to the belief that I would probably like it too. I didn't want to loose that hope, so I put it off! Well, I am not at all disappointed. Make sure you read the deluxe paperback version; it has beautiful pictures and an excellent foreword by the author.
View all 26 comments. Jul 09, Carol rated it it was amazing Shelves: Love this story, love Vermeer's work.
Over 2 years a quiet and obedient maid named Griet goes to live as a servant for Johannes Vermeer and his family. It is hard for Griet not to like this good and obedient protagonist, for she struggles with universal yearnings such as love and an escape from poverty. Her life is a fairly solitary one as she finds herself growing apart from her family while living as an outsider in another's home.
The lover of things mediaeval will find in this little book not only the familiar garden of Guillaume de Lorris, of Boccaccio and of Chaucer, but an unexpected and enchanting vision of great forest and rushing water, of hillside and plain, of crystal cliffs and flame-winged birds; of the Pearl among her white peers; of the Apocalyptic Jerusalem, discovered to the poet, it may be, as a goodly Gothic city, though its walls are built of precious stone, and its towers rise from neither church nor minster. How does this acid damage happen? I kept thinking that I should quote this line or that, but this was impossible without giving spoilers. The meaning of many passages remains obscure, and a translator is often forced to choose what seems the least dubious among doubtful readings. To prevent this damage from occurring, periodically remove those oils and keep your pearls clean by dipping them in ordinary household ammonia a pearl-approved non-acidic cleaner.
The Vermeer family, with the exception of the painter himself, Love this story, love Vermeer's work. The Vermeer family, with the exception of the painter himself, is not fond of the strange Protestant girl; and as Maria Thins, the grandmother, says, "Never so much trouble with a maid before. Griet is granted the privilege that no other family member has -- helping Vermeer in his studio.
Not even his wife Catharina is allowed to enter the studio, so this arrangement causes a great deal of tension within the household. Griet begins her work by cleaning still life objects that Vermeer will paint later that day. She also is given the responsibility of grinding the paints and even purchasing the colors from the apothecary. As if these "privileges" were not causing enough disquietude within the family, matters only get worse when Vermeer agrees, at a friend's request, to paint Griet.
The moments in which Vermeer paints Griet are the most spellbinding of the book. We feel Griet's nervous emotions as she sits as still as possible under the close eye of the awe-inspiring man she has grown to love. Her inner struggle is augmented by jealous Pieter, the butcher's son, who has made no secret of his intention to marry Griet. The young maid, however, seems devoted only to her master and obeys his every wish. When he tells her to wear his wife's pearl earrings for the painting, Griet agrees even though she knows it could lead to her downfall. Also really liked the film starring Colin Firth and Scarlet Johansson.
Vermeer left no more than 36 paintings - and the attribution of a couple of those is in doubt - and no drawings. Vermeer was not a totally unsuccessful artist. He became a head of the Guild of St Luke in Delft and his paintings fetched high prices, but he died in debt, and his Catholic wife Catharina Bolnes had to declare herself bankrupt.
Dec 09, Lynn rated it really liked it. What a visual little book. The need for Griet to be obedient and silent as a girl, a housemaid, and later as a model, makes visual observation her key feature as the narrator. I did see the movie when it came out I also enjoyed scrutinizing all the Vermeer paintings described in the book.
Jul 17, Anuradha rated it really liked it Recommends it for: All I could tell them about were his paintings. You know the Doctor Who episode with van Gogh? I always wondered what would've happened if Amy had stayed back with can Gogh. Intimacy can take different forms. Intimacy can mean different things. The difference of a few centuries definitely changes how intimacy is perceived. I have thought about how artists of the days of yore got their inspiration. I have also wondered about the kind of relationship they shared with their muses - with the men, a All I could tell them about were his paintings.
I have also wondered about the kind of relationship they shared with their muses - with the men, and especially women who were made to sit or stand in the same position for days, months, years, so that the world's next great masterpiece could be produced. The Girl with a Pearl Earring is a fictionalised report of an artist's relationship with his muse. Of all the Dutch artist's great paintings, the eponymous one is the best known, and in this book, Chevallier spins a wonderful, gripping story about the girl herself.
We've already lost you Griet. We lost you the moment you became a maid.
Sixteen-year old Griet lives with her parents in Delft, in the vicinity of the now famous Johannes Vermeer. Her father, a tile painter, loses his eyesight, and by extension, his livelihood, following an accident at the kiln. Helpless, Griet has no choice but to work in the employment of Vermeer and his family - his wife Catherina, mother in law Maria Thins, and his vast brood of children, amongst whom is the psychopathic Cornelia.
Thus begins a tale of longing and intimacy, the kinds of which we have read before, but remain to be fascinated by. If I could not work with the colors, if I could not be near him, I did not know how I could continue to work in that house. For his own reasons, Vermeer chooses Griet. Perhaps it was the way she arranged vegetables for the soup when they just met, sorting them by colour; perhaps it was her big round eyes and her innocent beauty.
Most likely, it was a combination of both; to say he wasn't drawn to her as she was to him would be a lie. In her, whether he saw a protege, a lover, a companion, an equal That is a secret that died with him. What we do know is that she made him paint faster, and for now, that's all we need to know. He said very little about you. But it was clear enough. That he came downstairs at all and concerned himself—my daughter knew then that he was taking your side. No, he charged her with failing to raise her children properly. Much cleverer, you see, to criticize her than to praise you.
The language complements the story, its simplicity and its depth. A story which taught me that intimacy is perhaps more than what we make it to be. View all 6 comments.
Summer Book Review 1 7 Sep 07, Please correct page count 1 9 May 26, Youngest of 3 children. Father was a photographer for The Washington Post. Spent a lot of time lying on my bed reading. Favorite authors back then: Book I would have taken to a desert island: Anne of Green Gables by L. No one was surprised that I went there; I was made for such a progressive, liberal place. That year forced me to write all the time and take it seriously. Moved to London after graduating from Oberlin in I had studied for a semester in London and thought it was a great place, so came over for fun, expecting to go back to the US after 6 months to get serious.
Even have dual citizenship — though I keep the American accent intact. Before writing, was a reference book editor, working on encyclopedias about writers. Learned how to research and how to make sentences better. Talked a lot about becoming a writer as a kid, but actual pen to paper contact was minimal.
Started writing short stories in my 20s, then began first novel, The Virgin Blue, during the MA year. With Girl With a Pearl Earring written in , I became a full-time writer, and have since juggled it with motherhood Books by Tracy Chevalier. Trivia About Girl with a Pearl Quotes from Girl with a Pearl But there are things inside you. I see them sometimes, hiding in your eyes. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. English 1 H Period 8: Please correct page count. Girl With a Pearl Earring-March.