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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Be My Josephine! Napoleon Engagement Ring Sold at Auction

“The fiancé of the French Emperor deserves to be proposed with the deluxe jewelry” Napoleon Bonaparte might have thought since the adjectives “beautiful, awesome and stunning” can't reproduce the splendour of the ring he gave to Josephine.

The ring popped up at the Osenat auction in Fontainebleau, France. The pre-estimated price varied between $13,000 and $20,000 but skyrocketed to unexpected $1.2 million!
The bidding during the sale was very active and it becomes clear why it is when you see the ring. This is a golden ring with two pear shaped gems, a sapphire and diamond, white and dark blue like yin & yang. They are set closely to each other in a toi et moi form. The size of each stone is less than a carat but in a couple they look massive and impressive.

This is the ring with a royal history: it was given a couple of months before Napoleon Bonaparte set off for his campaign to conquer Italy. The age of the ring is also very impressive (more than 250 years old) but it looks like new with no signs of time left on the surface. Another proof that time has no power over diamonds.

Let us know what you think about this ring by leaving your comments.

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