The Melbourne "Napoleon, Revolution to empire exhibit has been generating so many great articles and images featuring Napoleon objects.
The fabulous "Chaumet Crown" is one I love. I did not realize that the Chaumet jewelry business still existed. Can you imagine being part of a company that was Napoleon's Jeweler? Wouldn't I like to see those sketches and invoices!
"The bee, the symbol of Napoleon I
The bee was the symbol of Napoleon I, which was then adopted by his personal jeweller. Through the Attrape-moi si… tu m’aimes collection, the bee has become a Chaumet icon. It embodies the game of love, shared feelings and the power of the hive, a solid, everlasting home.
As a tribute to this winged muse, Chaumet has now redesigned the honeycomb, the perfect hexagonal shape that structures the hive, with superb jewellery and luxury jewellery designs on which the bee comes to rest: tiaras, necklaces, watch straps, earrings, rings and brooches." "Bee My Love."