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Imperial Sapphire Parure Queen Hortense of Holland | Present to Stephanie Beauharnais Grand Duchess of Baden|Royal Jewel History

Queen Hortense Imperial Sapphire Parure |Jewel History Holland| Jewels Napoleon Bonaparte

Queen Hortense Imperial Sapphire Parure Sapphire Tiara, Sapphire Belt, Sapphire Necklace, Sapphire Pins &Brooch|Jewel History Holland| Napoleon Bonaparte

Imperial Sapphire Parure Queen Hortense of Holland | Present to Stephanie Beauharnais Grand Duchess of Baden|Royal Jewel History
Imperial Sapphire Parure Queen Hortense of Holland | Present to Stephanie Beauharnais Grand Duchess of Baden|Royal Jewel History

Imperial Sapphire Parure Queen Hortense of Holland | Present to Stephanie Beauharnais Grand Duchess of Baden|Royal Jewel History

Fürstin Josephine von Hohenzollern Sigmaringen | Princess of Baden | Saphir-Diamant Diadem History | Imperial Royal Sapphires Queen Hortense of Holland
Fürstin Josephine von Hohenzollern Sigmaringen | Princess of Baden | Saphir-Diamant Diadem History | Imperial Royal Sapphires Queen Hortense of Holland

Fürstin Josephine von Hohenzollern Sigmaringen | Princess of Baden | Saphir-Diamant Diadem History | Imperial Royal Sapphires Queen Hortense of Holland

   

Princess Birgitta of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen | Sapphire and Diamond Crown Queen Maria da Gloria II Portugal Royal Jewels History | Queen Hortense of Holland Parure| German Royal Jewelry

Queen Hortense HOlland Sapphire Parure | Imperial Jewels| NAPOLEON Bonaparte

PROVENANCE OF THE IMPERIAL SAPPHIRE PARURE

A cord in writing, found between the boxes of jewels, stated that these sapphire jewels were given to Grand Duchess Stephanie of Baden, by her cousin Hortense de Beauharnais, Queen of Holland.

Such an origin is very likely. In many paintings Queen Hortense of Holland, and her mother Empress Josephine, can be seen wearing precious belts. Furthermore, Hortense’s financial papers, which are kept in the Napoléon archive in Paris, give evidence of her fortune between 1817 and 1837, the year she passed away. They show that she left Paris in 1816 with little money, but a lot of jewellery.

Queen Hortense Holland Sapphire Parure | Imperial Jewels| NAPOLEON Bonaparte  Beauharnais , Grand Duchess Stephanie of Bade Grossherzogin von Baden
Queen Hortense Holland Sapphire Parure | Imperial Jewels| NAPOLEON Bonaparte

After Grand Duchess Stephanie’s of Baden death in 1860 the sapphire parure described as

‘necklace, pendant, earrings, seven pins and a belt’

was inherited by Stephanie’s second daughter, Josephine, Princess of Hohenzollern Sigmaringen.

See at the coronation picture, the sisters of Napoleon Caroline, Pauline, Elise and Hortense are in court gown with „jeweled belts“ and „bandeau head ornaments“ also stetted with large pins of precious centers, like the brooches and pins.

Bandeau sapphire tiara sapphire diadem, Queen Hortense Holland Sapphire Parure | Imperial Jewels| NAPOLEON Bonaparte  Beauharnais , Grand Duchess Stephanie of Bade Grossherzogin von Baden
Queen Hortense Holland Sapphire Parure | Imperial Jewels| Beauharnais NAPOLEON Bonaparte

Under Napoléon’s court, belts decorated with precious stones were part of any jewellery parure, as fashion dictated that the waist was very high on dresses and court ladies needed a belt which was placed just under the décolleté. More about the history:

Queen Hortense Imperial Sapphire Parure |Jewel History Holland| Napoleon Bonaparte

Queen Hortense Imperial Sapphire Parure Sapphire Tiara, Sapphire Belt, Sapphire Necklace, Sapphire Pins &Brooch|Jewel History Holland| Napoleon Bonaparte

Fleur de Lys of diamonds| Giglio Royal head Ornament from the Ladies of Florence|Hélène of Orléans Duchess of Aoste |Princess of Orleans France Jewelry Presents|Royal Marriage Gift

Learn more about the imperial wedding gifts

Fleur de Lys of diamonds| Giglio Royal head Ornament from the Ladies of Florence|Hélène of Orléans Duchess of Aoste |Princess of Orleans France Jewelry Presents|Royal Marriage Gift
Fleur de Lys of diamonds| Giglio Royal head Ornament from the Ladies of Florence|Hélène of Orléans Duchess of Aoste |Princess of Orleans France Jewelry Presents|Royal Marriage Gift

Fleur de Lys of diamonds| Giglio Royal head Ornament from the Ladies of Florence|Hélène of Orléans Duchess of Aoste |Princess of Orleans France Jewelry Presents|Royal Marriage Gift

Chaumet Aigrette Diadem HÉLÈNE D’ORLÉANS| DUCHESSE D’AOSTA| Royal Imperial Jewels History

Chaumet Aigrette Diadem Emeralds Bandeau HÉLÈNE D’ORLÉANS| DUCHESSE D’AOSTA| Royal Imperial Jewels History

More about the Royal Wedding gift:

Aigrette of diamonds and emeralds Diadem Chaumet|Royal Imperial head Ornament from the Duc d’Orléans|Hélène of Orléans Duchess of Aosta |Princess of Orleans France Jewelry Presents|Royal Marriage Gift


MARRIAGE MADAME LA PRINCESSE HÉLÈNE DE FRANCE| Chaumet Diademe emeraudes diamant

Above we see Hélène Duchess of Aosta, wearing her favorite collier de chien, a pearl necklace with small ornaments of diamonds with sapphire and rubies, the gift from the Duke of Chatres, is of 13 string of pearls.

HÉLÈNE D’ORLÉANS| DUCHESSE D’AOSTA| Royal Imperial EmeraldJewels History

The marriage of Princess Helene of Orleans, daughter of the late Comte de Paris, heir to the throne of Louis Philippe, King of the French, to the Duc d’Aosta, nephew to King Humbert of Italy, took place on Tuesday, June 25, 1895 in the small Roman Catholic Church of St. Raphael, at Kingston-on-Thames. More about the history:

Duchess Helene of Aoste Emerald and Diamond Necklace – from the Duc of Aosta| France Imperial Jewels |Princess of Orleans Presents Wedding |Royal Marriage Gift

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Duchess Helene of Aoste Emerald and Diamond Necklace - from the Duc of Aosta| France Imperial Jewels |Princess of Orleans Presents Wedding |Royal Marriage Gift

 

The marriage of Princess Helene of Orleans, daughter of the late Comte de Paris, heir to the throne of Louis Philippe, King of the French, to the Duc d'Aosta, nephew to King Humbert of Italy, took place on Tuesday, June 25,1895 in the small Roman Catholic church of St. Baphael, at Kingston-on-Thames.

 
THE PRESENTS of the House of ORLEANS HOUSE given to Princess Helene

the imperial emeralds the Duc d'Aoste have chosen for the Royal bride.

The necklace given the former consists of five square shaped diamonds and the same number of pear-shaped emeralds with an emerald clasp>>.

The necklace given by the bridegroom to Princess Helene consists of five square shaped diamonds and the same number of pear-shaped emeralds with an emerald clasp>>.

Eugenia Niarchos historic Emeralds from the Emerald Tiara of Empress Marie -Louise of France

Eugenia Livanos Niarchos historic Emeralds once the Emerald Tiara of Empress Marie-Louise of France | VanCleef & Arpels

Van Cleef & Arpels worked the emeralds into a diamond necklace in platinum for Eugenia Niarchos, with largest pear shaped emeralds as the focal point.

marie-louise-niarchos-emeralds-from the imperial tiara

The center stone of the tiara, weighing 12.04 cts, was reworked into a ring in platinum, see above.

For Eugenie Niarchos, two of the large quatrefoil emeralds were made into earrings – with a top of oval emeralds to hang in and out.

Furthermore, the large bracelet with five oval emeralds from the tiara, received a diamond frame in platinum and can be seen in the picture above and follow the link for more imperial history

Die Orginalversion der Smaragd Parure | France |The Imperial Emerald-Diamond-Parure

Die Kaiserin mit der Smaragd-Garnitur | France Imperial Jewels |The Empress wearing the Emerald-Parure

Das Smaragdcollier und die Ohrringe| France Imperial Jewels |The Emerald-Diamond-Necklace and the Earrings with Emeralds

Die Smaragd Juwelen der französischen Kaiserin Marie-Louise| Emeralds Sketch of the Napoleonic Tiara |VanCleef Arpels

Spätere Versionen der Smaragd Tiara | France Imperial Jewels History |Later Versions of the tiara

Eugenia Niarchos historic Emerald once the Emerald Tiara of Empress Marie-Louise of France | VanCleef Arpels

Eugenia Livanos Niarchos Joaillerie Histoire| VanCleef& Arpels| La parure de l’impératrice Marie-Louise|France Emeraudes Imperiales

Eugenia Livanos Niarchos historic Emerald once the Emerald Tiara of Empress Marie-Louise of France | VanCleef & Arpels

Marie-Louise Imperiatrice of France, historic emeralds from the imperial Emerald tiara. Later owned by Mrs Stavros Niarchos,  Eugenia Livarnos, Emerald Ring Emerald Necklace and Emerald Bracelet, Emerald Earrings, and Emerald earrings pendants, made in platinum from Van Cleef and Arpels.
Marie-Louise Imperiatrice of France, historic emeralds from the imperial Emerald tiara. Later owned by Mrs Stavros Niarchos, Eugenia Livarnos, Emerald Ring Emerald Necklace and Emerald Bracelet, Emerald Earrings, and Emerald earrings pendants, made in platinum from Van Cleef and Arpels.

Türkis Parure Diadem mit Türkisen und Diamanten, Armband Türkisen und Diamanten, Halsband mit Türkisen und Diamanten| Imperialer Schmuck der Kaiserin Marie-Louise |Les Joyaux Marie Louise impératrice des Français

Imperial Tourquoises Bracelet Turquoise and Diamonds, Necklace with Turquoises and Diamonds | French Empress Imperial Jewelry
Pink Topaz Grand Parure | Empress Marie Louise of France | Tiara, Collier, Bracelet, Guirdle, Comb with Topaz| Joaillerie Marie Louise impératrice des Français

Pink Topaz Parure with Diamonds | Empress Marie Louise of France | Rosa Topase Diadem, Kamm, Halsband,Gürtel | Joaillerie Marie Louise impératrice des Français

Habsburg Sapphires Parure with Diamonds, Fleur de Lys Brooches, Stomacher, Necklace | Austrian Bourbon Piacenza Tiara

Saphir Schmuck der Kaiserin Marie-Louise | Sapphire Parure of the Marie-Louise Empress of France | Joaillerie Marie Louise impératrice des Français

Entwurf der Rubin Parure der französischen Krone | France Imperatrice|Sketch of the Imperial Ruby-Diamond-Parure

Modell der Rubin Parure aus dem 19.Jhdt | France Imperatrice |Replica of the Imperial Ruby-Diamond-Parure

Die Rubin Parure der französischen Krone |Empress France| The Imperial Ruby-Diamond-Parure

CHAUMET Rubies|Empress France |Napoleonic Design of the French Crown Jewels

Joyaux de la couronne française Ruby Parure Réplique Chaumet France

Joyaux de la couronne française | Imperial Ruby Parure Réplique Chaumet France

The parure of Marie-Louise Empress of France mosaik parure|Imperial Jewelry France

Parure en or et mosaïque, provenant de l’impératrice Marie-Louise

Diamond Necklace of Empress Marie Louise 1791 – 1847| France Diamonds Napoleon Bonaparte

Das spektakuläre Diamant – Collier der französischen Kaiserin Marie-Louise|Imperial Royal Jewel History

More Imperial Jewels

The Emerald Parure of Marie-Louise Empress of France | Emerald and Diamond Diadem

Marie Louise went to Vienna after the fall of Napoleon I and took with her her personal jewelery, including the emarald parure. The parure stayed in the Habsburg family until 1953.
Then a Scandinavian decendant of the Habsburg family sold the diadem and kept the other pieces of the parure. They sold it to the famous Jewelhouse Van Cleef and Arpels.

Van Cleef and Arpels VCA replaced the emeralds with turquoises and sold it to Mrs. Merriweather Post |Majorie Merriweather Post, is seen above,

They replaced the emeralds with turquoises and sold it to Mrs. Merriweather Post. Majorie Merriweather Post, is seen above, wearing the famous jewel. She donated the diadem to the Smithsonian Institution in 1966. See above in the pictures, update about the history

.The story about the wedding gift of Napoleon Bonaparte to Empress Marie-Louise Spätere Versionen der Smaragd Tiara | France Imperial Jewels History |Later Versions of the tiara

La parure de l’impératrice Marie-Louise|France Emeraudes Imperiales

La parure de l’impératrice Marie-Louise|France Emeraudes Imperiales

La parure de l'impératrice Marie-Louise|France Emeraudes Imperiales
La parure de l’impératrice Marie-Louise|France Emeraudes Imperiales

Die Smaragd Juwelen der französischen Kaiserin Marie-Louise| VanCleef Arpels

In 1946 the Parure crossed destroyed Europe, hidden in a harness. In fact, Archduke Karl Albrecht left the castle in Zywiec in southern Poland with his wife Archduchess Alice and their daughters on a rickety horse cart. Imprisoned by the Nazis and then persecuted by the Polish Communists, they were forced into exile. Crossing Poland, Germany and parts of Denmark, they finally managed to reach Sweden, the country of birth of Princess Alice. The hurriedly hidden jewels were her only valuables. The diamond and emerald parure – tiara, necklace, earrings and brooch found its way to Van Cleef & Arpels in New York at the beginning of 1953. The emeralds from Columbia, which are of considerable size, also have a well-known origin; Napoleon I gave them to his second wife, Empress Marie Luise, an Austrian Archduchess. The design above of the Napoleonic Tiara shows the original version and the emeralds in detail and their size, from left to right the top large emeralds have a weight of: 8.05ct, 12.15ct, 13.43ct, 12.04ct, 6.31ct, 13.20ct, 12.46ct, 6.82ct, the oval emeralds in the center 6.31ct The middle row and lower emeralds 2.16 ct, 1.34 ct, 2.59 ct, 3.25 ct, 2.77 ct, 5.41 ct, 1.32 ct; 1.39 ct, 5.43 ct; 3.50 ct, 3.31 ct, 2.60 ct, 2.23 ct, 1.34 ct, 2.80 ct. After her death in 1847, Marie-Louise bequeathed the Parure with the diadem, the emerald necklace, the emerald earrings and the emerald brooch to her Habsburg relatives.

Click on the link above, for more about the history – an update of the story….

Countess Marie Andrassy Emerald Tiara Austria Hungary Empire| French Crown Jewels |Diadème Impératrice des Français| Empress

Maria Andrassy- Choloniewska, wife of Count Emanuel Andrassy in the 30s, wearing the imperial emerald and diamond tiara….the story behind royal jewels…

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Gräfin Marie Andrassy Countess Marie Andrassy Emerald Tiara Austria Hungary Empire| French Crown Jewels |Diadème Impératrice des Français| Empress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Countess Maria Walewska Corsage Ornament| Sapphire Brooch | Napoleon Bonaparte | Royal Imperial Jewels History

Countess Maria Walewska Corsage Ornament| Sapphire Brooch | Napoleon Bonaparte | Royal Imperial Jewels History
Countess Maria Walewska Corsage Ornament| Sapphire Brooch | Napoleon Bonaparte | Royal Imperial Jewels History

this impressive stomacher pin was given by Napoleon I (1769-1821), Emperor of the French from 1804 until 1814 and again briefly in 1815 during the Hundred Days, to Countess Maria Walewska (1786-1817).

Napoleons Love Token!

The motif surmounting the central sapphire is a Roman Helmet, alluding to Napoleon’s wish to associate himself with the great rulers of the Roman Empire.

Other emblems, including two crossed canons, a drum and lances demonstrate further Napoleon’s desire to represent military strength.
To the right of the central sapphire is a monogram depicting a ‘WN’ entwined, alluding to the Emperor and the Countess Waleska.
It is believed that the ruby-eyed eagle, surmounting the piece represents the Imperial Eagle.
However, it is not depicted in the usual proud stance, instead it is a recumbent eagle, considered to provide a form of protection to the rest of the jewel, and therefore to the person it is given to.

The story behind the jewel, more history:

Countess Maria Walewska Corsage Ornament| Sapphire Brooch | Napoleon Bonaparte | Royal Imperial Jewels History