Embellishing an empire: a new exhibition puts Napoleon’s jeweller in the spotlight

Embellishing an empire: a new exhibition puts Napoleon’s jeweller in the spotlight

Heritage-jewellery exhibitions are proving a top draw at museums across the globe. But then, rare jewels bring wonder, history, high glamour, jaw-dropping skills and, for some, a twitch of schadenfreude with them – they also symbolise the rise and fall of faded dynasties. Chaumet’s current exhibition Chaumet in Majesty: Jewels of Sovereigns, then, delivers on all fronts. Here’s our highlights.

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