Jewels from France’s last empress to be on auction


London, Nov 18 (IANSlife) Historic ruby- and diamond-studded jewellery, once owned by Frances last empress Eugenie de Montijo (1826-1920), is headed to global auction.

Married to Napoleon III, she did much to enhance the reputation of French haute joaillerie from the beginning of her reign in 1853. She also had many crown jewels remounted to suit her personal taste and also commissioned new pieces from the most famous Parisian jewellers.

Her jewels will go under the hammer in a Christie’s London auction on November 27. On sale will be a pair of 19th-century natural pearl earrings, estimated to sell for 60,000-80,000 pounds (roughly Rs 55 lakh-74 lakh), alongside a mid-19th century ruby-and-diamond heart locket pendant, dating to 1850-60. It is estimated to 10,000-15,000 pounds (roughly Rs 9-13 lakh).


As per Christie’s, the locket was on view in a 2008 exhibition in Paris.

“Adorned with circular-cut rubies and old and rose-cut diamonds, a glazed compartment on the reverse of the pendant contains a lock of hair reputedly belonging to Napoleon III,” it said in a press statement.


(Siddhi Jain can be contacted at [email protected])








Shreyas Talpade: You can say a lot with humour

Mumbai, May 28 (IANS) Actor-producer Shreyas Talpade believes one can say a lot with humour, and thats what he aims to do with his...

Rani: 'Hum Tum' will always be memorable for Chintu uncle

Mumbai, May 28 (IANS) Kunal Kohli's 2004 romantic comedy film "Hum Tum" was released in Hindi cinema 16 years ago on this day, and...

Naomi Scott would love to play Disney villain

Los Angeles, May 28 (IANS) Actress Naomi Scott, who portrays Princess Jasmine in "Aladdin", says she would love to play a Disney villain.After starring...

Pavitra Punia misses her 'Baalveer Returns' co-stars

Mumbai, May 28 (IANS) Actress Pavitra Punia misses spending time with her "Baalveer Returns" co-actors, including Aditya Ranvijay, Shridhar Watsar and Atul Verma.Reminiscing the...

When Vidya Malvade and Paoli Dam bonded over yoga

Mumbai, May 28 (IANS) Actresses Paoli Dam and Vidya Malvade had a great time together on the set of the web series "Kaali 2",...