Paul Bassange and Charles Boehmer are jewelers to the French crown.

In 1778, they create a prestigious diamond necklace, one of the most extraordinary of all times. This exceptional jewel gives rise to a romanesque adventure narrated by Alexandre Dumas in "The Queen's Necklace".

This unique piece, priviledge of a Queen, is made up of 540 diamonds for a total weight of 1245 carats.

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Just a few years later, Queen Marie-Antoinette, while dazzled by its splendor, hesitates to acquire the necklace : France is not doing well and the price of the magnificient jewel is worth more than a battleship.

Meanwhile, Madame de la Motte, an intriguing courtesan, is working on her decieving plan to steal the diamond necklace. She convinces the Cardinal de Rohan to serve as a intermediary and secretly acquire the extraordinary piece for his Queen. In exchange he will regain her favors.

The jewelers only realize the scam at the date of the first payment, alas all too late... In 1785 the scandal breaks out. The necklace has been unmounted by the thieves and the diamonds scattered...

A major trial follows where Queen Marie-Antoinette, tainted by this infamy, is summoned to testify of her innocence. The guilty parties are imprisoned, but the necklace is lost forever...

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