Tulipmania Art Journal
A collection of remarkable facts about tulips
At the beginning of the 17th century noblewomen in France wore rare tulips on their décolletages instead of jewellery
As surprising as it may sound, before taking over Holland, the tulip gained popularity in France, causing a mini version of the tulip mania there, with extremely high prices paid for rare tulip bulbs already at the beginning of the 17th century. Tulips reached and even exceeded the prices of precious jewels and the blooms were, accordingly, worn by the noblewomen of the time as posies on their décolletages, as the most luxurious pieces of jewellery.