(The) (1785). A necklace presented, through Mme. de
Lamotte, by Cardinal de Rohan (as he supposed) to Marie Antoinette. The
cardinal, a profligate churchman, entertained a sort of love passion
for the queen; and the Countess de Lamotte induced him to purchase for
the queen, for £85,000, a diamond necklace, made for Mme. Dubarry. The
cardinal handed the necklace to the countess, who sold it to an English
jeweller and kept the money. When the time of payment arrived Boehmer,
the jeweller, sent his bill in to the queen, who denied all knowledge
of the matter. A trial ensued, which lasted nine months, and created
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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