The Queen of France Marie Antoinette was ridiculed as having attempted to defraud jewelers over this item.
Crown with rubies
Diamond necklace. Schemers procured a 2,800-carat necklace, pretending it was being purchased by Marie. Although history indicates the queen was not involved, "the Diamond Necklace Affair" contributed further to her unpopularity and was a factor in the fall of the monarchy.
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