gems from the face collection

Engagement ring which Napoleon Bonaparte gave to Josephine

The ring decorated with two pear-shaped gems, a blue sapphire and diamond, which face opposite directions came from the collection of Emperor Napoleon III (a nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte) and his wife Eugenie. Napoleon was a revolutionary soldier when he met Josephine de Beauharnais, an older woman with two children and his family fiercely opposed to that relationship. Engaged for a mere two weeks before they married on 9 March, 1796, Napoleon left the country two days later to lead the French army to their victorious invasion of Italy.