Gemstone brooch of Catherine Howard. Lovestruck with his very young bride, Henry VIII spent more money on jewels and gifts for her than on any of his other four wives. The French ambassador wrote: "the King is so amorous of her that he cannot treat her [Catherine] well enough, and caresses her more than he did the others." In return, Catherine was caring and affectionate to her much older husband. Initially, Henry refused to believe that Catherine was guilty of any indiscretions.
Diamond and Pearl Oak Leaf Brooch by René Lalique, circa 1880. Designed as a spray of oak leaves framing a natural bouton-shaped pearl and diamond-capped acorn, mounted in silver and yellow gold, French control marks stamped to the pin, and with an applied plaque stamped with the initials ‘RL’ for René Lalique. #Lalique #antique #brooch