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Empress Josephine of France Amethyst crystal necklace

(Code: ANC-29675)
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Empress Josephine of France Amethyst crystal necklaceThis set of jewellery is inspired by a parure of jewels consisting of a diadem, a necklace, a pair of earrings and two small and one large brooch, all set with Ceylon sapphires. It is believed they were originally worn by The Empress Josephine jewels and given to her daughter Queen Hortense of Holland. But mystery surrounds the jewels, they cannot be dated and it is not known who made them. It has even been suggested that they may once have belonged to Marie Antoinette. It is known that it was worn by Queen Marie-Amélie of France, who divided the set amongst her grandchildren as they married  and it was last with Isabelle of Orleans until it was sold to the Louvre, Paris.
Inspired Treasures incorporates a vast collection of jewellery ranging from the smallest of earrings, to bangles, bracelets, brooches, charms, lockets, necklaces, pendants and rings right through to full size replica Royal Crowns. With a broad spectrum of motifs and themes, the designer costume and fine jewellery ranges have been inspired by the many compositions, fashions and works of art from across the globe. All the jewellery tells a story and most items are accompanied with supporting stories and pictures from which the designs have been taken, together with designer-led packaging. The timeless jewellery brand and a full range of Hollywood inspired jewellery. Jewellery inspired by British Treasures both natural and artistic. Drawing on the vibrant world of Ballet, Natural History and the splendour of European Monarchy, these rich range of distinctive pieces and eye-catching collections are certain to both compliment and standout.
Throughout most of the seventeenth century, diamonds had been cut in what is called the Mazarine style, which had 32 facets. At the end of the 1600's however, a Venetian gemsmith called Peruzzi managed for the first time to cut a diamond in 56 facets. The increase in luminosity that this new method released from the precious stones had an enormous effect on the jewellery design and the new cut was given the name Brilliant. The 18th century saw the complete dominance of French taste in a sort of cultural imperialism that spread over the whole of the continent form Lisbon to St. Petersburg. Inspired by the beauty and delicacy of an antique original, this interpretation of an 18th century jewel has been made using the finest quality nickel free alloys, hand polished and gold toned. The gems are Swarovski crystals.

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