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The Jewelry in ‘House of The Dragon’ is Monstrously Good

And just like that, we’re back in Westeros. The fictional continent and setting for Game of Thrones is also the location of buzzy new Thrones spinoff series, House of the Dragon, which debuted Sunday night on HBO. The fantastical soap opera chronicles the epic power struggles of the Targaryen clan roughly 150 years before platinum-tressed Khaleesi, a.k.a. the Mother of Dragons, was born.

 

And as was the case in Game of Thrones, the sweeping music and CG-enhanced landscapes and incredible set designs and costumes of House of the Dragon ably transports us to another time (“year 101”) and beautiful-yet-brutal place (fictional) that borrows from a panoply of ancient civilizations, including Rome, Sumeria, Egypt, the First Persian Empire, and the Viking Age.

 

Though we’ve only seen episode one of House of the Dragon, we’re already excited about the breadth and boldness of the jewelry the show’s costume designer, Jany Temime, has used. Award-winning Temime was the costume designer for the first six Harry Potter movies, and turned Renee Zellweger into Judy Garland—brocade pants suits and all—in lauded biopic Judy.

 

In House of the Dragon, she uses jewelry and metal embellishments to establish the social strata and personas of the characters, which so far range from the young and guileless (Princess Rhaenyra, played by Milly Alcock, who at the end of episode one is controversially named the new queen of the realm), to the deeply despicable (her uncle, Daemon Targaryen, played by Matt Smith, who is sadistic and power hungry, naturally).

 

Let’s take a closer look at how Temime has bejeweled House of the Dragon’s many players.

 

Milly Alcock as Rhaenyra Targaryen in a herringbone-link necklace with an Ancient Persian feel

 

Paddy Considine as King Viserys Targaryen and Sian Brooke as Queen Aemma Arryn Targaryen in gold rings, earrings, brooch-with-swags, and multi-strand charm necklace

 

Paddy Considine as King Viserys Targaryen, wearing brass buttons and Scandinavian-inspired coat secured by a brass circle fastener with a hand-hammered patina

 

Emily Carey as Alicent Hightower, the daughter of the “hand” of the king, Otto Hightower, in delicate gold jewelry that features filigree and other decorative treatments that suggest youth and borrows from Ancient Sumerian jewelry

 

Eve Best as Princess Rhaenys Velaryon wears bold jewelry, and lots of it—here she wears gemstone drop earrings, signet and gemstone rings, and a multi-strand necklace that feels vaguely Egyptian

 

Olivia Cooke plays the older version of Alicent Hightower, and her jewelry feels very aristocratic; here she wears gold circular earrings and a short necklace. With her is Emma D’arcy, who plays Rhaenyra as an adult—in gemstone-set jewels that recall Victorian styles

 

Sonoya Mizuno as Mysaria in a high neck piece featuring pearls and dagger-ish long earrings

 

Alcock and Carey in jewelry that looks like high-carat gold (even if it isn’t actually), which is an ancient metal

 

Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower, right hand to the king, in Game of Thrones’ familiar brooch worn by “the hand of the king,” and a double strand of hand forged-looking link necklaces

 

Cooke in a Roman-esque chest piece, gold earrings, and gemstone pendant necklace with Ifans in another large-link chain necklace and “hand of the king” brooch

 

Top photo: Milly Alcock assuming the Iron Throne in jewelry that recalls 

 

All photos courtesy of HBO

 

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