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A color illustration of the emblem of the Order of the Golden Fleece. The emblem contained several spectacular gems, including the French Blue diamond and the Côte de Bretagne spinel.
1749
King Louis XV had the French Blue Diamond set into the Order of the Golden Fleece by Parisian jeweler Pierre-André Jacqumin
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The return of the royal family to Paris on June 25th, 1791. Engraving by Jean Duplessis-Bertaux, after a drawing by Jean-Louis Prieur.
1791
King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were captured attempting to flee France during the French Revolution. The royal jewels were turned over to the revolutionary government and housed in the Garde-Meuble.
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Illustration of the Garde-Meuble from sometime between 1787 and 1792
1792
During the chaos of the French Revolution, the French Blue Diamond was stolen during a week-long looting of the French Crown Jewels from the Garde-Meuble.
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1791
The Capture of Louis XVI

Amidst the turmoil of the French Revolution, King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette attempted to escape France, but were apprehended and returned to Paris. The French Crown Jewels, including the French Blue Diamond in the Order of the Golden Fleece, were turned over to the revolutionary government and moved to the Garde-Meuble, the Royal Storehouse, where they were put on view for the public once a week until 1792. On visiting days, the doors of the armoires would be opened and a selection of mounted and unmounted jewels could be viewed in special display cases.

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A color illustration of the emblem of the Order of the Golden Fleece. The emblem contained several spectacular gems, including the French Blue diamond and the Côte de Bretagne spinel.
Portrait of Louis XVI from 1775
The return of the royal family to Paris on June 25th, 1791. Engraving by Jean Duplessis-Bertaux, after a drawing by Jean-Louis Prieur.
Timeline adapted from Post and Farges 2014 and sources therein. Updated 19 April 2017.

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