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Old 02-17-2005, 09:46 AM
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Empress Eugenie Jewelry

I create this topic because I didn't find any on it ... I think she had one of the most beautiful collections of jewels :) .... no no I'm not chauvinistic

Pics 1 : This masterpieces xas crafted by Gabriel Lemonnier in 1855. It's the only French Queen's crown to have survived in its original condition ! (exposed to Le Louvre)

Pics 2 : The two large heart-shaped diamonds are two of the eighteen diamonds bequeathed by Cardinal Mazarin to Louis XIV (exposed to Le Louvre)

Pics 3 :Gold oval locket, the cover set with a sapphire cameo of a Muse with lyre, framed in diamonds, within a diamond and pearl laurel wreath. Inside there is a glazed compartment containing a photograph of the Empress Eugenie. The locket is attached by a gold double E (for Eugenie) cipher surmounted by the Napoleonic Imperial crown to a gold chain interspersed with globes. French, 1853-1870. (Albion Art Collection)

Pics 4 : Designed as a brooch composed of a cluster of three leaves pavé-set with diamonds, framed by larger stones representing berries, supporting three cascading strands of articulated links of similar foliate design, terminating in graduated fringes, mounted in silver and gold, length approximately 7 ¾ inches, indistinct maker's mark, assay marks, fringes detachable. With tooled red leather fitted box .

The present hair ornament was formerly one of the French Crown Jewels, designed by the Parisian firm of Bapst for the Empress Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III, during the Second Empire. In May of 1887, after the Fall of the Second Empire, the French Ministry of Finance ordered the Crown Jewels to be sold at auction. The elegant jewel was described as a “Pendant Hair Ornament” set with 477 brilliant diamonds weighing 66.85 metric carats. It is illustrated in the engravings of the catalogue of the Crown Jewels sale in 1887, as no. 8. According to the present owner, this jewel has been in his family collection since the early 1900’s.

The style of the brooch reflects the popular taste for jewels in the naturalistic style, which lasted throughout the nineteenth century. Artists and jewelers inspired by the Romantic movement spoke in a “language of flowers” through the use of plant and floral motifs which often times conveyed a secret message of love or affection. We might assume that the leaves in the Pendant Hair Ornament were intended by Maison Bapst to be currant leaves with surrounding clusters of currant berries; the currants relaying the message: “you please all”. The Pendant Hair Ornament is displayed adjacent to Bapst’s Currant Leaf Parure” in both the 1884 exhibition of the French Crown Jewel images, as well as the engravings in the 1887 sale catalogue

The Empress Eugenie, for whom the jewel was designed, was the epitome of style and elegance. An avid lover of jewelry and fashion, she was able to wear haute joaillerie to its greatest advantage by reviving the style for huge dresses which certainly acted as backdrops for certain pieces. The Diamond Hair Comb should be of great interest to both jewelry historians and collectors throughout the world. Jewels of Royal Provenance, and particularly those from the Sale of the French Crown Jewels in 1887 seldom appear on the market.

Pics 5 : Designed as a ribbon bow of openwork foliate design, supporting five pampilles and two cords of diamonds in three rows terminating in two large tassels, set throughout with rose and cushion-shaped stones, red leather fitted case stamped: Diamants de la Couronne ! This spectacular bow brooch was created in 1855 by the Parisian jeweller Kramer for Empress Eugenie as the central piece of a girdle. The bow was worn by Empress Eugenie together with a pair of similarly designed shoulder brooches connected by four chains of collet-set cushion-shaped diamonds. After the fall of the French Second Empire and some years of indecision, in May 1887 the French Republic government decided to sell the Crown Jewels. In order to facilitate the sale, many pieces were broken up into sub lots. The bow here presented was separated from the diamond belt and the matching shoulder knots and offered for sale as Lot Number 5, with an estimated value of 35000 French Francs. The catalogue entry in the 1887 catalogue stated the bow to be set with 2438 brilliants weighing 140.51ct. It sold for 42200 French Francs to a dealer listed as Schlessinger who bought it for Mrs William B Astor, the acknowledged leader of New York Society. The bow, soon to be known as 'Mrs Astor's diamond stomacher' became one of the most famous jewels of the gilded age and remained in the family until the early 1990s.

Pics 6 & 7 : Two Floral diamonds Brooch

Pics 8 & 9 : The case containing the French Crown Jewels ... the majority was sold :( ... I don't know where they were exposed, maybe in the Louvre !? ... I don't know where they are nowadays !

To be continued :p ... if you have images, don't hesitate
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Old 02-18-2005, 05:04 AM
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Has anyone noticed that the diamond motifs above the base of Empress Eugenie's Crown are of a similar style to those on the wedding tiara of the Countess of Wessex?

Great pics Darky. Thanks.
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Old 02-18-2005, 05:16 AM
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Thanks reynard :)

Pics 5 : The private room of Marie-Louise (Napoleon's second wife - 1810/1814) is featured in the exhibition hosted by French jewelry house Chaumet .... you saw all these tiaras on the walls

Pics 3 : Chaumet Exhibition on Place Vendôme in Paris : "Napoleon In Love"
A comb set with eleven coral, cameo heads of divinities which, combined with the rich red colour of the coral, greatly appealled to women with a taste for classical art.

Pics 1 :I don't remember were I found this pics, but it was registered that this parrure had been carried by the princess Caroline bonaparte for the crowning of napoleon ! If you have infos on this parrure

Pics 2 : tiara in pearl, diamonds and sapphire ... it belonged to Pauline Bonaparte

Pics 4 : The private room of Josephine (Napoleon's first wife - 1794/1809) is displayed in the exhibition hosted by French jewelry house Chaumet entitled "Napoléon in Love" at Place Vendôme in Paris. We does not see the jewels well :(
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Yes it is true Warren, the style is similar

Here is the continuation :)

Pics 1 : Empress Eugnenie Emerald tiara

Pics 2 : splendid diamonds hair jewels of the impératrice Eugenie



http://www.royal-magazin.de/french/margeriten.htm here a diamond parrure in the shape of daisy

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You're welcome Mandy :)

The Diamond Necklace Affair.

The Cardinal de Rohan wished to improve his social status at Versailles, and a woman calling herself the Comtesse de La Motte offered to help him. Unfortunately for the cardinal, Jeanne de La Motte was not really a comtesse. She was a con artist. She hired a woman to dress like Marie Antoinette and meet the cardinal in the gardens of Versailles at night. The false queen gave the cardinal a rose and hurried away, leaving the cardinal under the illusion that he had met Marie Antoinette.
Next Mme La Motte told the cardinal that the queen wanted him to purchase a very expensive diamond necklace on her behalf. Obediently the cardinal obtained the necklace and gave it to Mme La Motte, expecting the queen to pay for it. Of course, Marie Antoinette never saw the necklace; Mme La Motte gave the diamonds to her husband, who took them to London and sold them. When the jewelers demanded payment, the Diamond Necklace Affair became public. The cardinal and Mme La Motte were arrested. The cardinal was tried and acquitted. Mme La Motte was imprisoned, publicly flogged, and branded. Eventually she escaped to London, where she spread malicious rumors about Marie Antoinette.

Although Marie Antoinette was innocent in the whole affair, it was widely believed that she had accepted the necklace and refused to pay for it. There were even rumors that she had had an affair with Mme La Motte! The Diamond Necklace Affair contributed greatly to Marie Antoinette's downfall.

Here a copy of the necklace diamonds! The original diamonds necklace were sold one by one in England by an accomplice of the contess de la Motte !
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Old 03-01-2005, 10:25 AM
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wow....that is beautiful..and by way u have to tell me the history of your name pls..cause calling u darky is weird.
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LONDON, England (Reuters) -- British police are trying to track down jewelry once owned by the 18th century French Queen Marie Antoinette, which burglars snatched from a west London house.

The victim of the burglary, a 65-year-old woman living in Notting Hill, was a descendant of the lady-in-waiting to whom the queen gave the jewels, including a diamond-encrusted locket and matching earrings, in the turmoil of the French Revolution.

Marie Antoinette, who gave the woman the jewels when she realized what danger she was in, was later imprisoned and beheaded by revolutionaries, as was her husband Louis XVl.

"The victim is devastated. She has lost her family heirlooms and feels her home has been violated," Peter Langdon of the London police told Reuters on Friday.

Police believe two youths snatched the jewels without realizing they had royal connections and may have discarded them as apparently worthless.

Police did not set a value on the jewels but said their owner described them as "priceless."
Does somebody knows which lady-in-waiting and who the woman is?
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Old 03-07-2005, 05:33 AM
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Pics 1 : tie-pin of gold, glass, ruby and diamonds of napoleon
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were are these jewllery today
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Old 01-06-2006, 10:19 PM
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Locations of Eugenie's Jewelry

It was broken up by the Third Republic mostly as a measure to ensure that monarchy could not return to France. A monarchy needs symbols including jewelry so dispersing the jewels would make it that much harder to reinstate a monarchy. Some of the earlier pictures show the sale exhibit. Much of what wasn't sold or was returned is in the Louvre.

Here's some color of HIM Eugenie (her multi-strand pearls were famous).
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She was fascinated by Marie Antoinette:


Three spectacular pieces:






Some say that she wasn't that pretty by today's standards, but many of the photos show her to be beautiful. Her taste in jewelry was superb and supremely elegant.:)
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The sheer glory of those jewels make my eyes bleed. Gimmiegimmiegimmie!!
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The way the pearls in that tiara are arranged is a bit reminiscent of Mickey Mouse, though. I've seen diamond and pearl tiaras that I like quite a bit better than that one.
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I could not stop stuttering.....now those are JEWELS!!!!

Wow.....by far some of the most impressive, and they shout regal and royal..
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Old 09-21-2006, 04:59 AM
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is there anyone that uses these jewllery today? or are they only on display
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Well, good people, all I can say is that those French Jewelers really knew how to create incredible magnificent works of art. Masterpieces indeed. and the Bonapartes. bless their power hungry and power mad heads had to money and the power to buy it. Thanks so much to the members who have shared these marvelous delights.
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This is the most beautiful jewelry I've seen so far. I just love her wedding parure, it's beautiful! Does anyone know if these jewels still in the family or have the been sold?
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[quote=Darky]You're welcome Mandy :)

The Diamond Necklace Affair.

The Cardinal de Rohan wished to improve his social status at Versailles, and a woman calling herself the Comtesse de La Motte offered to help him. Unfortunately for the cardinal, Jeanne de La Motte was not really a comtesse. She was a con artist. She hired a woman to dress like Marie Antoinette and meet the cardinal in the gardens of Versailles at night. The false queen gave the cardinal a rose and hurried away, leaving the cardinal under the illusion that he had met Marie Antoinette.
Next Mme La Motte told the cardinal that the queen wanted him to purchase a very expensive diamond necklace on her behalf. Obediently the cardinal obtained the necklace and gave it to Mme La Motte, expecting the queen to pay for it. Of course, Marie Antoinette never saw the necklace; Mme La Motte gave the diamonds to her husband, who took them to London and sold them. When the jewelers demanded payment, the Diamond Necklace Affair became public. The cardinal and Mme La Motte were arrested. The cardinal was tried and acquitted. Mme La Motte was imprisoned, publicly flogged, and branded. Eventually she escaped to London, where she spread malicious rumors about Marie Antoinette.

Although Marie Antoinette was innocent in the whole affair, it was widely believed that she had accepted the necklace and refused to pay for it. There were even rumors that she had had an affair with Mme La Motte! The Diamond Necklace Affair contributed greatly to Marie Antoinette's downfall.

Here a copy of the necklace diamonds! The original diamonds necklace were sold one by one in England by an accomplice of the contess de la Motte ![/quote/

I'm quoting here from Antonia Fraser's biography of Marie Antoinette "It cannot be known for certain what happened to the stones. Some of them may have been acquired by the Duke of Dorset and remained in his family, according to tradition, in the form of a tasseled diadem. It used to be claimed that 22 of the most fabulous brilliants were made into a simple chain worn by the Duchess of Sutherland; this chain was exhibited in ther Versailles exhibition of 1955". Does anyone have photos of these 2 pieces?
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LONDON, England (Reuters) -- British police are trying to track down jewelry once owned by the 18th century French Queen Marie Antoinette, which burglars snatched from a west London house...
Wow! How lucky did those two kids get?! It would take a lot of work if it had been premeditated!
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Many of the jewels have been sold in 1887 by the III Republic government, in order to avoid an imperila or royal feeling. The historical pieces were kept and exposed in the Louvre. What empress kept was given when she died. She offered emeralds to Queen Victoria Eugenia of Spain. They were sold in the 60' and bought by the Shah of Iran. Empress Farah wore them as a necklace for the Persepolis festival. The empress Eugenie emralds are still in Téhéran.....The pearl and diamond tiara enterd in the Turn und Taxis collections and was sold by Princesse Gloria in 1992. It was bought by the Louvre. The Regent pearl was bought in the 90' by a kowetian banker. The Niarchos familly owned the duchesse of Angoulème Ruby tiara. Some of the imperial jewels are owned by the Duchesse of Alba...many others pieces have been simply destroyed by the diffent owners. I don't think the present Bonaparte family still owned jewels from Empresse Eugenie. Al that stil exists is in private collections.
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Haha Elspeth, I never noticed the "Mickey Mouse" motif before. Quite true.
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