PRINCESS MATHILDE BONAPARTE DIAMOND ROSE BROOCH~ Created for for Napoleon's niece by Theodore Fester in 1855, the gold-and-silver-setting rose has 250 carats of diamonds. Mathilde ran one of Paris' most distinguished literary and artistic salons. When she died in 1904, the Rose was auctioned and sold by Cartier to Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt III, who wore it at the waist or bodice for portraits and other formal occasions in her role as “Queen of Society.”
Engagement ring which emperor gave to wife Josephine goes up for auction. The ring comprises two tear-shaped gems, one diamond and one sapphire, set onto a gold band. It was in the collection of the emperor’s grandson, Napoleon III, and wife Empress Eugénie, and then their descendants. The ring dates back to 1796.