Napoleon and Josephine's Engagement Ring Sells for $1 Million, Was Super Pretty

(Osenat)

Your history lesson for the day: Napoleon really knew how to pick out jewelry.

The (surprisingly modern and pretty!) ring that a young Napoleon Bonaparte gave to Josephine for their engagement in 1796 has been sold at auction for $949,00, Time reports — almost 50 times the $20,000 estimate that the Osenat auction house expected it to bring.

Osenat described the ring as a "simple" band set with two pear-shaped stones — a sapphire and a diamond — which are less than a carat each.

“At the time, Napoleon had very little money,” Osenat’s Jean-Christophe Chataignier said.“The ring is a very ordinary one.” Except for the fact that, you know, the man who bought it went on the become the emperor of France.

And, even though Napoleon and Josephine's marriage ended 14 years later, she's said to have cherished the ring. We can totally see why.
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