She, at first, refused a , but then changed her mind and accepted it.
It was described as "a row of seventeen glorious diamonds, as large almost as.
In reality, she rejected the idea of buying it only to have her signature forged by.
After having vainly tried to place the necklace outside France, the jewellers again attempted to sell it to Marie Antoinette after the birth of , in 1781.
She was living on a small pension that had been granted to her by the King.