The coronet of an earl is a silver-gilt circlet with eight strawberry leaves alternating with eight silver balls (known as pearls) on raised spikes.
The coronet itself is chased as if in the form of jewels (like a royal crown) but is not actually jewelled.
It has a crimson cap (lined ermine) in real life and a purple one in heraldic representation; and a gold tassel on top.
The raised pearls on spikes distinguish it from other coronets.
It has also been described thus,
This coronet, which is one of the most striking, has, rising from a golden circlet, eight lofty rays of gold, each of which upon its point supports a small pearl, while between each pair of rays is a conventional leaf, the stalks of these leaves being connected with the rays and with each other so as to form a continuous wreath.The coronet of a countess (below) is smaller in size and sits directly on top of the head, rather than around it.
Earls rank in the third degree of the hereditary peerage, being next below a marquess, and next above a viscount.
EDWARDIAN SILVER-GILT EARL'S CORONET (above) MARK OF IP, LONDON, 1901 Complete with ermine trim and velvet cap of maintenance with gold braid finial 7¾ in. (19.7 cm.) diameter
First published in June, 2010.