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Princess Stephanie 1814 Commemorative Swivel Ring


This ring celebrates Stephanie de Beauharnais. Born in Versailles during the French Revolution, she was the cousin to Josephine's kids, who became Napoleon's step-kids. Stephanie's "Uncle" Napoleon crowned himself Emperor of the French in 1804 and Stephanie got to live a fabulous life in the Tuileries Palace. Josephine and Napoleon couldn't conceive children of their own, so Napoleon adopted Stephanie and gave her the title of "Princesse Française". This was a power move; he quickly married her off to create a strategic alliance with the Grand Duke of Baden. Regarding the words "Stephanie FV 1814": The FV stands for Filia Verum, or "True Daughter". Apparently, Napoleon had real feelings of affection for Stephanie; adopting her was at least partially out of love. 1814 is the year Napoleon abdicated the throne and went into exile in Elba. The text on the band appears to be based on a passage from the Book of Job which reads "the blessing of him who was about to perish came upon me", but slightly modified to "And the blessing of him who who about to perish came upon YOU". Does this refer to Napoleon's blessing of his adoptive daughter and his supporters' hopes that she would continue his legacy?


  • Materials

    14k gold (tests)

  • Age

    dated 1814

  • Condition

    Very good - surface wear commensurate with age and use

  • Size

    6.25, cannot be resized; 9.9mm head, 3mm shank

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