The Marie Antoinette diamonds The original earrings were owned by Marie Antoinette, the queen of France; guillootined in 1793 during the French Revolution.Aaid to be a gift from her husband, King Louis XVI. According to one legend, she had them with her when she was arrested fleeing the French Revolution in 1791. Grand Duchess Tatiana Yousupoff of Russia later acquired the earrings. They stayed within her family until 1928.
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. 96-carat amethyst surrounded by diamonds. The mounting has a platinum top and yellow gold undercarriage. The amethyst is probably from Brazil. Platinum and diamonds were often used, and amethyst, a favorite stone of King Edward VII’s wife, Alexandra. The brooch was donated to the Smithsonian by Mrs. George M. Morris in 1973.
"The Romanovs Treasures" Two eagles with the crown comes from Maria Paleologue, wife of Ivan the Great and niece of Charlemagne. She brought her Greek Orthodox faith to Russia and founded the Russian Orthodox church. The two eagle symbol is her legacy, and remains the Russian coat of arms to this day.
The crown of the Queens of Bavaria A little bit of history In 1806, as part of his wholescale re-ordering of the map of Europe, Napoleon I of France upgraded the independant German Duchy to a full kingdom status. The former Duke of Bavaria, now King of Bavarie Maximillian I, commemorated the fact by commissioning…
By Erika W. This November, Sotheby’s will auction eleven legendary Cartier jewels from the couple’s vast collection. “The offering comprises not only incomparable examples of the genius of Cartier in collaboration with the Windsors, but also pieces whose inscriptions tell the story of perhaps the greatest love story of the 20th century, the romance that […]
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