Marie Antoinette and the Diamond Necklace Hoax


Countess de la Motte, late 18th century. In 1785, the Comtesse de La Motte was involved in the scandalous Affair of the Diamond Necklace at the court of Louis XVI. Engraved for the Lady's Magazine. Photo by The Print Collector/Print Collector/Getty Images

Queen Marie Antoinette's reputation was already tarnished by gossip in 1784, but was completely ruined by the implication that she defrauded the crown jewelers, conning them out of a dazzling, expensive diamond necklace. That's the short summary -- but the story itself is a startling tale of intrigue and iniquity. Listen in to learn more about the strange tale of the diamond necklace hoax.