Who was Empress Eugenie and how have her unique love for jewellery and her modern sense of fashion shaped the world of jewellery and accessories as we know it today? These are the questions we are going to answer today as we delve into her life and her unusually creative ideas to personalise diamond jewels.
- Who was Empress Eugenie?
- What were her favourite pieces of jewellery and how did she personalise her diamond jewels?
Who was Empress Eugenie?
Empress Eugenie, originally known as Eugenia Maria de Montijo de Guzman, was born in Granada, Spain in the 1830s. She was known for being the wife of Napoleon III and Empress of France from 1853 to 1870.
She was known for several things. From being a respected woman, who came to have a strong influence on her husband’s foreign policy, to her unconditional love of jewellery and gemstones, which is why she was often nicknamed the Empress of Jewels.
What were her favourite pieces of jewellery and how did she personalise her diamond jewels?
Empress Eugenie probably had one of the largest jewellery collections of all times and it was quite particular of her at the time to actually be a designer and an artist. She constantly wanted to personalise her jewellery and did not hesitate to have her diamond jewels and other pieces dismantled by her favourite jeweller to create new ones.
She is known to have had a large collection of varied pieces of jewellery, from diamond jewels to chandelier earrings, brooches and pieces of jewellery inspired by animals, such as the peacock and dragonflies.
Apparently, Empress Eugenie was also a great pearl lover, and had an extensive collection of necklaces and earrings that put forward the pearl in every possible way.
Today, what remains of her collection is visible in some museums such as the Louvre in Paris or belongs to private collectors, as some of her pieces were sold at auction on various occasions.
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