These bracelets were part of a large parure belonging to Marie Thérèse de France [Marie Thérèse Charlotte] (1778-1851) the eldest child of King Louis XVI of France and his wife, Queen Marie Antoinette. It consisted of a coronet topped by an eagle, a tiara, comb, girandole earrings, belt buckle, and the two bracelets. It was one of the crown jewels of France that came from the collection founded in 1530 by Francois I. Marie-Louise wore these jewels on her wedding day; after the fall of the…
Empress Eugénie’s Locket Pendant, c. 1805, locket c.1860, French. 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 Eugénie. The locket is attached by a gold double E (for Eugénie) cipher surmounted by the Napoleonic Imperial crown to a gold chain interspersed with globes.
Princess Marie Bonaparte, now Princess George of Greece. Cartier c1907. Fresh fruit on a branch of olive with a large diamond drop in the center symbolizing bountiful blessings. This tiara can be work with or without the center diamond. Pin without the center drop in Tiaras I. (Albion Art Collection)
This parure was given to Princess Maria José of Belgium as a wedding present from her parents. She wore it two days before her marriage to the Crown Prince, at the reception in the Royal Palace, on 6 January 1930.
The necklace consists of twenty three oval clusters, each set with a ruby surrounded by rose diamonds, graduated in size from the centre towards the ends, and alternating with stylised flower buds, each set with a ruby between rose diamonds. The clasp at the back is concealed by a cluster each setting is closed at the back. 2nd half of the 18th century.