The French Blue
This beautiful piece is now being held at the Smithsonian so it is unlikely that you will find it at just any company. It has a rich history and famed for its massive size and steely-blue colour. Originally sold to King Louis XIV of France in 1668 by a French merchant traveller. The king had it set in gold and placed in a neck ribbon so he could show it off at royal ceremonies. The precious gem was later taken by the government later King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette tried to fly France. At this point it was suddenly stolen and lost, or so it seemed. The stone turned up centuries later in 1839 after being stolen, hidden, recut and sold to various people. Until it was finally donated to the Smithsonian where it is now known as the ‘hope diamond’.
Marie- Louise’s Diadem
A wedding gift from Napoleon to his empress bride Marie- Louise. The elaborately designed diadem (or tiara) originally came in a set with matching earrings, necklace and comb. It used to have gorgeous emeralds in it, but the emeralds were later removed and replaced with bright blue turquoise and centuries later it was displayed at the Louvre in Paris.
Princess Diana’s Engagement Ring
The beautiful sapphire ring was chosen by the then, Lady Diana herself. Prince Charles did not propose with it, rather he let her select what she wanted from an array of rings. When she did however choose this ring it caused some controversy because the ring was not custom made for her and it was considered ‘common’ when it was purchased by the royal couple. Yet this ‘commoner ring’ as it was called became so iconic thanks to Princess Diana that it is still being imitated and replicated today. The coveted ring became even more sought after when Prince William proposed to his now wife with it.
Wallis Simpson’s Panther Bracelet
Wallis Simpson was an aristocrat who was reputed for the extraordinary jewellery that she possessed. And the Cartier- designed panther bracelet is iconic because of the magnificent artistry and craftsmanship that have gone into its creation. The beautiful silver and black bracelet is so unusual and so well designed that it is impossible to forget. The bracelet was supposedly owned by Edward VIII.
The fascination mankind has with jewellery is unending. Some of us get so attached to certain jewellery that we never take it off. To some of us certain pieces remind us of someone important in our lives or it reminds us of a different time altogether. Jewellery has an abundance of sentimental value to us. It is generally something we adorn ourselves with and also something that holds meaning.
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