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Coronation ring

REF BA000822 EAN 3336728576815

 S. 50

REF BA000823 EAN 3336728576822

 S. 52

REF BA000824 EAN 3336728576839

 S. 54

REF BA000825 EAN 3336728576846

 S. 56

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Coronation ring

This ring is formed of a fully-engraved gold band, adorned with a bezel set with a table-cut garnet on leaf metal. The shoulders are both decorated with two small brilliant-cut diamonds.

It was originally set with a ruby - the symbol of happiness - which came from the French Crown Jewels, as did the emerald which adorned Napoleon's ring (missing). These two rings, made by the jeweller Marguerite, were blessed by the pope on their coronation day on 2 December 1804.

Handed down within the Napoleon family, Joséphine's ring, whose ruby was substituted with a garnet at some point, was given by King Jérôme, the Emperor's brother, to Princess Marie-Clotilde of Savoy, his daughter-in-law. It entered the museum collections in 1979.

Bezel 1,28 x 1 cm ; H. 0,83 cm
0.50" x 0.39" ; H. 0.32"
1804, Empress Josephine Coronation ring
Material of the original
Gold, diamond and garnet
Rueil-Malmaison - Musée des châteaux de Malmaison et de Bois-Préau
Synthetic garnet, Zirconia, Gold-plated
Art movements
Empire, 19th century