The story of the Hortensia Diamond is a spectacular one.
King Louis XIV was respsonsible for the addition of this pale orangey-pink diamond to the Crown Jewels of France.
The Hortensia was the foremost diamond listed in the inventory of the Crown Jewels of France, made in 1691.
The diamond, which weighs 20 carats is pale orangey-pink, rather flat and rectangular in shape and is cut on five sides. In the 1791 inventory of the Crown Jewels it was valued at no more than 48,000 livres.
It takes its name from Hortense de Beauharnais, Queen of Holland, undoubtedly because she wore it. Hortense was the daughter of the Empress Josephine, the step-daughter of Napoleon Bonaparte and the mother of Napoleon III.
The Hortensia was among the jewels stolen from the Garde Meuble in September of 1792.
During the First Empire the Hortensia was mounted on the fastening of Napoleon’s epaulette braid. Later it was set in
the center of the headband of the great diamond-encrusted comb made by the Court Jeweler, Bapst, for Empress Eugénie in 1856.
In between, in 1830, the diamond was stolen again, on this occasion from the Ministry of the Marine, but it was quickly recovered.
When the French Crown Jewels were sold in 1887, the Hortensia was one of the items excluded, along with the Regent, because of their historic and artistic interest. The Sancy Diamond wouldn’t join them in the Louvre until a little less than a century later.
You could describe it as peach-coloured, but definitely on the pink side of peach.
It has good clarity but there’s quite a large scratch/crack on the pavilion.
And when we say diamond, we are refering to Kurt Pio’s talent!
This lovely artist is from Cape Town, South Afica.
..and not long ago he was inspired by the world of diamonds and decided to make an art series
inspired by their urban timelessness.
What we love in his images is the way he perceives the gem transforming it into something more than a luxurious ornament.
Kurt Pio was born in Cape Town in 1977. He completed his national diploma in Interior Design at Cape Peninsula University of Technology and had a brief stint in the industry. He pursued his painting career and currently works full time in his studio in Cape Town’s CBD.
We shot one of our most exclusive bridal Danelian selections
For the perfect wedding outfit.
If you want to go classic or you wish to have a twist of style during your big day!
we have kept the absolute best just for you…
What a fairy tale!
The royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was this month’s inspiration.
Both her dresses made by Givenchy and Stella McCartney but mostly her stunning jewelry turned her into a
Meghan ‘s royal wedding tiara was as significant as the gown she wore down the aisle.
Prince Harry‘s bride followed royal protocol and paid homage to her new family through the meaningful, sparkling accessory which has been in the British royal family for decades. Just like Kate Middleton, she wore the tiara straight from the Queen’s jewelry vault, the Queen Mary Diamond Bandeau.
Her wore an amazing aquamarine cocktail ring that belonged to Prince Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana.
Our special series, The Rock Deco collection, is designed with rock-star love and vibes by Myrto Danelian.
It is our unconventional collection always looking ahead of diamond design trends!
This is her new Square neck piece. Made of black gold and round brilliant diamonds.
it is a wow casual stunning piece that can even be worn with your T-shirt.
Book your appointment to try it on in front of the mirror