The jewel is believed to have been a wedding gift to Stephanie de Beauharnai, who was adopted by Napoleon and his wife Josephine de Beauharnai, dating back to the early 19th century.
“I think most of the gems born in French courts today have already been incorporated into museums and very important collections,” said Lucas Beerer of Christie’s jewelery department.
“It’s almost unprecedented to see someone on the market from a family who actually returned to Napoleon … and that probably happens once in a century,” he told Reuters.
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Nine items in the set, sold separately, include a necklace and tiara decorated with sapphire from the mine, then Ceylon, now known as Sri Lanka. According to the auction catalog, the total gemstone is estimated to be CHF 430,000-750,000 ($ 471,000- $ 821,000). They are in 144 lots that will go under the hammer at next week’s auction.
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Napoleon Daughter Jewelery Auction: The perfect jewelry for Napoleon’s adopted daughter to be auctioned next week
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