Sapphire, ruby and diamond neck badge of the Order of the Golden Fleece, circa 1820
The riband carrier set with five cushion-shaped diamonds, supporting three detachable pieces, the first of laurel wreath design set with a cushion-shaped diamond, framed by similarly cut diamonds, width 56.5mm, the second representing the flintstone centering a cushion-shaped sapphire weighing 8.90 carats, embellished with circular-cut rubies, and the third forming the Golden Fleece Badge itself, set with cushion-shaped diamonds, the reverse of textured gold, elements may be worn separately, two brooch fittings, a triple-link white and yellow gold chain, length approximately 149mm, fitted case with the coat of arms of the Duke of Angoulême.
Accompanied by SSEF report no. 93528, stating that the sapphire is of Ceylon origin, with no indications of heating.
Louis-Antoine de Bourbon, Duc d’Angoulême and Comte de Marnes (1775-1844), the eldest son of Charles X, who was Grand Admiral of France from 1814 to 1830 (a position which would have been recognised by the inclusion of crossed anchors in the Bourbon arms).