Impressive diamond pendant/brooch

Impressive diamond pendant/brooch


Impressive diamond pendant / brooch from the Second Empire (Napoleon III, from 1852 to 1870). Signed E.M. In original case with initials of the owner BB (= D. Band-Bovy - writer, friend of photographer Fred Boisonnas). France, circa 1870

Size: 9.0 x 4.0 cm 
Weight: 31.4 grams
Diamonds: around 10 carats

We now have another stunning piece in our shop that has lived 150 years. A gold and silver French brooch or pendant, choc full of old European and rose cut diamonds, from the Second Empire (1852 ' 1870). The period that gave birth to so much of what epitomizes French style today. France’s last Emperor Napoleon III renovated Paris into a modern city, Laduree and Louis Vuitton were founded, it was a time of parties and balls, luxurious mansions and made-to-measure gowns. The beautiful and elegant Spanish Eugenie became the Empress of Fashion. Her idol was Marie-Antoinette, the last Queen before the revolution, and Eugenie herself turned into a real European influencer in fashion, art and jewellery ' designed to match the garments especially made for her. Magnificent gem-set jewellery became the ultimate status symbol. This one is signed GM (G Marmuse) and comes in its original box with the initials of the owner: BB

Type:    Pendants
Country:    France
Period:    1750 - 1900
Ref number:    6496
Status:    Sold

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