Tudor Jewels (Ouches)

Ouches (pronounced Oo-tchiz) are the ornate gold and jeweled pieces that can be seen on the gowns, sleeves, foreparts, girdles, necklaces, and headwear in a number of sixteenth century portraits.

Here is a 16th century portrait (by Sanchez Coello) showing tons of ouches and my version of the same ensemble.

I had the large square ouches manufactured with four loops on the backs, so that they could be sewn individually onto garments or strung onto two wires to make girdles, carcanets, bodice jewelry, or billiments for French hoods.

Here are the varieties I have available. Click the images to get to the individual order pages.

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