There’s no more fascinating topic inside history than the doomed French Queen Marie Antoinette. Much maligned by history (she not mentioned “Let them eat cake,” inside reaction to the people’s require for bread), she was an unwilling piece of the among the biggest revolutions inside history. And met an untimely end at the guillotine inside 1793. While she enjoyed jewelry, plus possessed countless splendid jewels, she usually preferred easy muslin gowns plus really small jewelry. Many of the portraits of her by Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun show her dressed simply that way.
Two big, pear-shaped diamond earrings, weighing 14.25 plus 20.34 carats respectively, are piece of the Smithsonian Institution’s collection. The diamonds when were supposedly set inside earrings which belonged to Marie Antoinette plus certain sources state they were her favorite pieces of jewelry plus she wore them frequently. They were taken from her throughout an attempt to flee France because the Revolution dawned as well as the position of the Royals became risky.
The diamonds were later acquired by the Grand Duchess Tatiana Yousupoff of Russia. Whenever jeweler Pierre Cartier puchased the diamond earrings inside 1928, their authenticity was attested to inside an affidavit by Russian Princess Zenaide Yousupoff plus her son, Prince Felix Yousupoff, stating which they initially belonged to Queen Marie-Antoinette plus have not been reset inside the 1 100 years which they were inside the family. Marjorie Merriweather Post acquired the earrings from Pierre Cartier inside October 1928. Harry Winston reset the big diamonds inside platinum replicas of the authentic silver settings inside 1959. Cartier, Inc. tailored the triangular tops. In November 1964, Mrs. Post’s daughter, Mrs. Eleanor Barzin, donated the earrings, together with the authentic setting to the Smithsonian Institution. The diamonds are initially from India or Brazil, truly the only extensive sources of diamonds inside the eighteenth century.