French Necklaces

The Marie Antionette necklace

The Marie Antionette necklace

A little bit of history

The loudest scandal of the 18th century engulfed the jewel which did not belong to the crown of  France.  In 1785 the Comtessa de la Motte had the necklace delivered to her.  It was the most expensive jewel of the era.  She in turn was supposed to take it to Marie Antionette but she stole it instead.  Her accomplice was arrested and imprisoned, but she escaped prison and took refuge in London.  She removed 22 of the large diamonds from the necklace and sold them in London where they were mounted into a new necklace.  This necklace is now owned by a private collector.  Comtessa de la Motte supposedly died in 1791 but theory says that she lived for a long time under an assumed name in Odessa enjoying the secret protection of the Tsar.

Our replica is made as near as possible to the original.  It is finished in silver plating