Napier jewelry co-founder and CEO Jules St. Laurent told The Associated Press that her company is now selling a piece made by a 17th century French woman for a reported $1.25 million.
The bracelet is a “piece of art” that has never been sold in the United States, St. Louis said.
“It is a wonderful piece of jewelry and I am sure a great piece of history,” St. Louise said.
The necklace was crafted by a woman named Marie-Antoinette in the 17th Century, St Louis said in a phone interview from her home in France.
The item was auctioned by auction house BiddingOnCatch, which specializes in fine art auctions.
“Marie-Antionette’s necklace is the oldest known necklace and it is a beautiful piece of work,” St Louis, who is also a professor at McGill University, said in an email.
“The necklace is in great condition and was hand-carved, which makes it extremely rare.
The jewelry is in a beautiful wooden case and is valued at $1,000 to $1m.”
The bracelet will go on display in the U.S. at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the St. Augustine, Fla., museum.
The piece, which is made of silver, gold and bronze, is called the “L’époque des Chambres de la Lune” and is “one of the best-preserved examples of jewelry ever made,” according to the auction house.
The woman who made it was the daughter of a famous French royal family.
“This necklace has never before been sold at auction and is a very special piece of cultural history,” said St.
Louis, who has previously sold pieces from her jewelry collection in New York and Paris.
“She is a rare figure, one of the few female artists who could bring such a beautiful object to the public.”
The woman, Marie-Hélène-Marie de Montesquieu, died in 1650 and is credited with inventing the bracelet.
It’s not clear when the bracelet will be on display at the museum.