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Jewelry set from Napoleon's daughter up for auction

The adoptive daughter of Napoleon, Stephanie de Beauharnais, was the Grand Duchess of Baden. Her 9 piece jewelry set is going up for auction at Christie's on May 12.


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"The sapphire and diamond parure includes a tiara, earrings, a ring, bracelet and pendants. They will be sold individually at Christie's in Geneva on May 12, with high estimates ranging from 10,000 to 250,000 Swiss francs ($11,000 to $275,430) per piece. The jewels from the tiara and bracelet -- once part of a belt -- were remodeled by the grand duchess's daughter, Princess Josephine."


Jewelry carried special importance under Napoleon's rule...


"Under Napoléon's court, jewelry was an essential part of fashion and women would wear matching, tiaras, necklaces, bracelets, brooches, rings, earrings and belts decorated with precious stones," Christie's specialist Lukas Biehler said in an email. "Fashion dictated that the waist was very high on dresses and court ladies needed a belt, which was placed just under the décolleté. High quality sapphires were incredibly rare as it was long before the time of industrial mining."


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