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During medieval times, wearing jewelry in French society was a mark of status, while farmers and commoners were forbidden from using certain pieces themselves for the same purpose. It wasn’t until the 19th Century when Napoleon, as emperor of the new French Empire, lifted such bans, and soon enough displays of wealth and finery were on show from all citizens. Lifting the ban also helped to give the jewelry industry in France a boost once commoners were also allowed to be consumers.

Parures were a matching suite of precious gems that might include a necklace, comb, tiara, diadem, bandeau, pair of bracelets, pins, rings, drop earrings, or cluster stud earrings, and possibly a belt clasp. Both Josephine and Napoleon’s second wife had sets of Parures that were to die for.

As a special example, this ring features a central amethyst stone, four emerald stones, and glistening rose-cut diamonds - a delicious cluster of gems packed in one heck of a ring. The hallmarked band also features intricate detail throughout. 



Materials and Features: 18k gold, sterling silver, emerald, diamonds

Age/Origin: French 

Measurements: Size 6.5, 4.6 grams

Condition: Excellent condition. There was a point at which the shank opened. 

Please view and inspect any photos closely. We endeavor to fully disclose all condition information clearly and concisely, however, please note that what qualifies as excellent condition for historical jewelry differs from modern and contemporary pieces; please take the age of the piece into account when examining the piece. Minor age wear is typical and to be expected for antique and vintage jewelry. Unless otherwise stated, gemstones have not been officially graded for color, clarity, or treatment by GIA; any information provided is our own educated, professional assessment.

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