In many portraits Queen Elizabeth I is shown wearing a dress studded with pearls and precious stones. In Tudor times only the richest people had their portraits painted. The portraits were used to show off how important and powerful they were. The amazing dresses were made just for the portraits. They would not have worn them at any other time.
The dresses were made of silks, lace, gold braid and other very expensive materials and were often covered with real jewels and gems such as pearls, rubies and diamonds. WOW!!