Queen Elizabeth I’s Ring. Gold, mother-of-pearl, rubies, and enamel, c.1560. According to tradition this ring was dedicated to James I (James VI of Scotland) as evidence of the Queen’s death and given by him to 1st Earl of Home in 1603.

Queen Elizabeth I’s Ring. Gold, mother-of-pearl, rubies, and enamel, c.1560. According to tradition this ring was dedicated to James I (James VI of Scotland) as evidence of the Queen’s death and given by him to 1st Earl of Home in 1603.

A ring with locks of hair of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI, which was presented to Madame de Tourzel, the governess of the children of France.

A ring with locks of hair of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI, which was presented to Madame de Tourzel, the governess of the children of France.

Sovereign's Sceptre, largest flawless cut diamond in the world, First Star of Africa, 530 carats. Cut from the Cullinan Diamond, largest diamond ever found, over carats, given to King Edward VII by Government of the Transvaal, (South Africa)

Hair of Mary Tudor, Queen of France, clipped from her head at the opening of her tomb in 1784 encased in a locket.

Hair of Mary Tudor, Queen of France, clipped from her head at the opening of her tomb in 1784 encased in a locket.

Memorial to Louis XVI & Marie Antoinette ~ by E. Gaulle & P. Petitot - St Denis Basilica, burial place of nearly every French king from 10th-18th c. During the Revolution, bodies were removed, dumped in large pits & dissolved with lime (Marie & Louis had been buried at La Madeleine). In 1815 meager remains of Louis & Marie (reputedly) were returned. In 1817 the mass graves were opened & co-mingled remains placed in an ossuary in St. Denis - marble plates list the 100s of names. [1st of 2…

Memorial to Louis XVI & Marie Antoinette ~ by E. Gaulle & P. Petitot - St Denis Basilica, burial place of nearly every French king from 10th-18th c. During the Revolution, bodies were removed, dumped in large pits & dissolved with lime (Marie & Louis had been buried at La Madeleine). In 1815 meager remains of Louis & Marie (reputedly) were returned. In 1817 the mass graves were opened & co-mingled remains placed in an ossuary in St. Denis - marble plates list the 100s of names. [1st of 2…

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