Materials: Amethyst, natural pearl and 18K gold
Donated by Cerling Jewelry
The piece is enlayed with amethyst, natural pearl and 18K gold, and is a typical example of 1860 Napoleonic style. The time of Napoleon III was a period of Empire expansion, in which art was also completely categorised by a multi-culturalism, for instance the use of naturalism, or styles from Greece, Egypt, India, or gypsy travelers. The jewelry design of this period was strongly in favour of Romanticism, and the inspiration for these designs was influenced by wild flower bouquets and animalistic elements. In terms of materials, natural pearl was revered as the most precious of objects, and large quantities appeared in the palace ornaments of the time. This set of amethyst bracelets and corsage comes from the Capetian family collection in France.