One day, while out hunting in 1497, Henry VII was being observed by the Milanese ambassador. Contrary to the popular image of Henry being a tight-fisted miser, the Milanese ambassador noted that;
"His majesty is accustomed to spending the summer hunting. [Henry VII] was adorned with a most rich collar, full of great pearls and many other jewels, in four rows, and in his bonnet he had a pear-shaped pearl, which seemed to me like something most rich."
Ian Dawson, ‘Henry VII: Out of the Shadows’