The central bow is a magnificent example of a mid-17th century jewel. The painted opaque enamel was a recent innovation, said to have been developed by a Frenchman, Jean Toutin of Châteaudun. This striking colour combination was much used in enamels around this date. |
Made for Empress Joséphine, first wife of Napoléon Bonaparte by the French jeweler Bapst. Geometric emeralds in a neo-classical diamond design, mounted on a frame of gold and silver. Now part of the Norwegian Crown Jewels.