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‘Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story’ is Dripping in Bling

Fans of Netflix’s soapy period series, Bridgerton, can now tuck into some new—but familiar-feeling—intrigue. Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story, debuted last week on the streaming network. The series tells the origin story of the haughty, complicated Queen Charlotte.

Queen Charlotte is another Shonda Rimes-created series, and the superstar showrunner brought in award-winning costume designer Lyn Paolo, who worked on Scandal with Rimes, to create the mountain of period costumes required for the story.

And while the jewelry in Bridgerton was on the whole small and delicate—and often felt like an afterthought, added to give the gorgeous gowns a little shine—the bling in Queen Charlotte is more voluminous in scale and feels more intentional and uniform.

In a behind-the-scenes video on the Shondaland website, Paolo says she begins every new show with research and sketches. The costume designer visited Windsor Palace to look at Queen Elizabeth’s coronation gown, and studied the gowns of Russian czarinas, among others, for Queen Charlotte.

But ultimately she was more concerned with appeal than period-specificity. In the video she says, “Yes, it’s a period show but we wanted to really have it feel like it was a Met Ball…more fashion forward. A cleaner look that appeals more to the modern eye.”

Paolo used dozens of parures (sets of matching jewels) in the show, on nearly every female character. The stunning sets work wonderfully on the small screen, and the look, which rose to popularity in early 19th-century Europe, jibes with the approximate period.

See how the designer and her team used jewelry to both beautify and amplify in these stills from Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story.

Young Lady Agatha Danbury, played by Adjoa Andoh, in a tiara, hair jewel and necklace
Young Queen Charlotte, played by India Amarteifio, in a red-bezeled parure
Andoh as Lady Danbury in an even more voluminous gemstone necklace
Young Charlotte in double gem bracelets and a regal choker necklace
Party scenes in the show feature boatloads of opulent-looking jewelry
Victorian-style earrings on Lady Danbury
Happy with her king (for a moment), Queen Charlotte wears an ultra-tall tiara
Princess Augusta, played by Michelle Fairley (remember her from ‘Game of Thrones?’) is always decked out in clavicle-covering necklaces and matching earrings
A more delicate jewelry set for a daytime scene
Another mega-tiara and necklace
Pearls and intricate gold chain and pendants are less regal but still wholly elegant
A pair of pretty parures for the princess and queen
A pearl set on lovely Lady Danbury

Top: Queen Charlotte, played by Golda Rosheuvel, outfitted in blue-stone jewelry pieces (all photos courtesy of Netflix)

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