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    Natural Pearl Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert CLICLASP's Avatar
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    Default The secret of Empress Josephine's pearl necklace

    hello PG friends,
    I told you I will go on a new photo shooting so let's watch first at this video and I will tell you later about the secret
    http://www.sothebys.com/fr/news-vide...-necklace.html
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    This is such a fabulous necklace, I'm certain we'll enjoy your report also, Anna! You and Nora posted just a few hours apart, it looks like.
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    Beautiful necklace ! Thanks !

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    Should we start with an overview with portrait of Jos?phine de Beauharnais (1807-1876), queen of Sweden on the right, wearing the necklace?
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    Ok now I'm amazed! Thank you for sharing

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    There were some pieces of pearl jewelry that were very interesting, here are some photos.
    This one is a late XIX c. seed pearls and emerald and diamonds choker, that I liked.
    http://www.sothebys.com/fr/auctions/...5/lot.371.html
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    Beautiful! More, please.

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    Oh my, the size, color and clarity on that emerald! Just perfect with the tiny pearls.
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    I call the combination of emeralds, diamonds and pearls the perfect jewel!
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    Why is up for auction, when the royal family should keep it? And if it isn't owned by the royal family, shouldn't they try to buy it back?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyndayco View Post
    Why is up for auction, when the royal family should keep it? And if it isn't owned by the royal family, shouldn't they try to buy it back?
    It probably was inherited out of the senior family line and into the cadet branches, who eventually sold it. It came into the Swedish royal family the same way: it passed from the Leuchtenberg ruling family to the Swedish royal family through Queen Josephine, when she married, instead of becoming part of the Prince's inheritance. A lot of important jewelry moved around Europe as part of a princess's trousseau (after all, she couldn't arrive at her new court without jewelry or with all new jewelry, like a parvenu). Today, most royal families have their own rule about what jewelry must stay with the main family line and what can be given at the owner's discretion.

    In this necklace's case, it was inherited by the second son, who became Oscar II of Sweden (1829-1907), and then by Count Oscar Bernadotte (1859-1953). Count Oscar married a lady-in-waiting and was disinherited from the royal family at this point. Moving forward, there are pictures of Countess Gerty Bernadotte, his daughter in law, wearing it in what seems to be the mid 20th century. From there, I am not sure what happened but it was part of the collection of Mauboussin, the jeweller, when it was auctioned off by Christie's in 1995. I imagine the family ran into financial troubles and quietly sold off jewelry to raise funds. It would hardly be the first time that a noble family did a private sale to a jeweler, to avoid gossip and raise money at the same time.

    I doubt the royal family would try to buy it back. First, the Bernadottes have an enviable (by royal standards) jewelry collection, well protected in the family fund. It is large enough to outfit the queen, her daughters and several of the older generation as well. Second, in today's economy, spending several million dollars to buy jewelry would not be a popular move. Finally, this piece does not have such a strong connection to the family or the country. It is a foreign piece only worn by two queens.

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    Before jumping into the Queen's necklace story, let stick a minute to some other lots.
    Here is a Cartier bangle with one cultured and one not tested pearls, the shades of the pearls in real are not so different as in the catalogue. A really wonderful piece.
    You will notice that the photographer did not well understand the piece as the pearls are hidden, and this was not Cartier's intention. That's why I love making my own photos.

    http://www.sothebys.com/fr/auctions/...5/lot.427.html
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    Appalling auction pics to leave out the pearls. Beautiful.
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    I guess the photographer was more interested in capturing the diamonds on the bangle than the pearls!

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    That's the point, it's a pity that pearls are not looked at in first !
    I have many examples when a pearl is near a stone the photographer focuses on the stone and the pearl appears fuzzy such as this one I took:
    https://www.pearl-guide.com/forum/sh...ll=1#post96049
    compared to the official' Cartier photo :
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=1&theater
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