Wednesday, September 16, 2015

ABC Wednesday—J is for "jewelry"

It's a little bijoux—only 2,634 diamonds—
that belonged to Empress Eugénie,
the woman Napoleon III married for love. 
At one time it was in the hands of the
Astors, among others, but made its way
back to the Louvre six years ago.

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  1. Much like Mrs. Astor was referred to as THE Mrs. Astor, this little bauble might be referred by some as THE Piece of Jewelry.

    Interesting history, especially that the brooch was originally a buckle for a diamond belt but there was a little problem. Real diamonds “...were of such dazzling lustre that the belt became a magical one. The unfortunate wearer, when in a lighted room, looked from a little distance as though there were a solution of continuity at her waist, as though she had been literally cut in two.” Looking maybe something like this?

    How much more compact and portable are diamonds than cash.

  2. *gulp* I don't what THaT hanging from my ears....

  3. Its in the place where it belongs, safe and sound, kept for manyeyes to see.

    Have a nice abc-week and day!
    ♫ Mel☺dy ♫ (abc-w-team)

  4. Wow! Exquisite - wish I had someplace to go to wear it. LOL

    abcw team

  5. Marrying for love is always the best.

  6. I'm just wondering how you would wear that, looks pretty huge. I do like the diamond encrusted tassels.

  7. wonderful jewelry!!! good that you can admire this in the Louvre!
    Visiting from ABC Wednesday, enjoyed your contribution. Greetings from Hilde

  8. It's very pretty !! Such pieces call for long gloves ~ I'm sure that was no problem for Napoleon's lady love.


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