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The Best Gems of All Time The Hortensia Diamond

The Hortensia Diamond

Named after the Queen of Holland (Napoleon's step-daughter), the rock glittered on Napoleon's epaulette braid fastening and, later, on Empress Eugenie's diamond-encrusted comb. After the French Revolution, the diamond was snatched from the Garde Meuble and later found in a bag of treasures (that included additional French Crown Jewels) in the attic of an old house in Paris. According to lore, the man who stole the precious gems disclosed the secret location just before his execution. Today, it's held in the Louvre's Gallerie d'Apollon.