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For the first time, the Museum of Mineralogy of Paris, will exhibit dozen of exceptional quality gems which belonged to the French Royal crown.
It is a little known public museum, located on the premises of the School of Mines of Paris, near the Luxembourg Gardens.
The collections dates from the early eighteenth century. They came from a mineralogical cabinet and grewed over the years and centuries with collections of rocks, minerals, gems and meteorites.
From January 5, 2016, three showcases full of gems from the Crown Jewels of France will be exhibited
One would be able to admire emerald, pink topaze and amethystes that allow us to tell the story of the jewels in the crown, court symbol and instruments of power.
The exposed gems are not mounted. In fact, Kings and queens were recovering them, then settle them on crowns, rings, bracelets or necklaces at their own pace. Pink topaz, for example, were thus made in set by the Empress Marie Louise. Emeralds were settled on the Imperial Crown of Napoleon III.
As bright and numerous as they can be nowadays, these gems represent only a fraction of what once existed.
Long considered personal items, jewels became communicable and therefore unsaleable under François 1er.
Therefore, we find them, mounted, reassembled, re-cut into a crown, a golden fleece or the necklace of a Queen .... Sometimes pledged to finance military campaigns !!!
The revolutionary period marked the end of these collections. In 1792, they are stolen and later recovered except for a blue diamond. Napoleon 1st and Napoélon III acquired as many gems but the republic squander everything.
It's Sadi Carnot in 1887, which decided to sell the majority of them except from a few gems that can still be seen today in the Louvre Museum, the Natural History Museum and Mines museum.
More informations: Musée de la minéralogie, exposition des joyaux de la couronne
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