Where is the infamous diamond necklace, that was once commisioned by Louis XV for Madame du Barry ?
Charles Böhmer and Paul Bassange were the designers and creaters of this infamous necklace. I can't find any current information as to where this necklace is now, or what became of the necklace. I wonder if it went to a private collector or if it is held in a museum somewhere. (If it was in a museum, I doutbt it as this information is not available)
The legend has that Cardinal de Rohan, a former French ambassador to the court of Vienna had claimed that he had the Queen's authorization to purchase this necklace and showed the jewelers the conditions of the bargain in the Queen's handwriting. Rohan took the necklace to the house of Jeanne de Saint-Remy de Valois, comtesse de la Motte, who was a notorious con-woman. There he gave it to a man, whom Rohan believed to be a valet of the Queen. But infact it was Jeanne de la Motte's husband who secretly took the necklace to London, where it was broken up in order to sell the large individual diamonds separately. So, this necklace is nowhere to be found even finding the diamonds that were used in this exquisite necklace can be an arduous task. But one can have a look at the "The Queen's necklace", reconstruction at Château de Breteuil, France.
The infamous diamond necklace was said to be secreatly taken to London by Jenne de la Motte's husband where it was broken up and the large diamonds were separately sold to gain huge wealth.
Thank you for your answers, I didn't expect this question to be answered for a while, as the information about the where abouts of this necklace was so hard to find. I appreciate knowing what happened to it, I did not think it was intact, as no one was able to afford it at that time, and also during a time where money was more valuable than the necklace, it didn't suprise me to know, that it was seperated in that manner so that the diamonds were to be sold seperatly.
I could see why Marie Antionette forbid her husband from buying it for her, afterall it was for his mistress. I would have done the same thing! Yet, what a controversy this necklace started, the story surrounding it is so interesting!
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