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Lisa del Giocondo’s “amore” necklace (“amore” means love in Italian) was found in South London, England in 1988. It was said that the necklace was a gift from her husband, Francesco di Bartolomeo di Zanobi del Giocondo, after she gave birth to her third child, Andre, from 1496 to 1507. According to a Roman book published by Oxford University Press in 1972, “Lisa never put off the necklace. The necklace was stolen by a mysterious man once she went shopping around the town. Lisa suffered a depression for months after and couldn’t regain her smile. That was the reason that Lisa did not wear jewelry around her throat on the day Leonardo Da Vinci painted her”. Many craftsmen in Florence said the necklace has the features of Italian Renaissance because of its simple design. According to reports from the Museum of Florence, the “amore” necklace has a heart shaped gold pedant set with a blue rugby and an 18 inch gold chain. As some historians in Florence said, between 15th and 16th century, Italians had many access to a variety of stones includes rubies and many rich men traditionally gave ruby jewelry to their women as a sign of love. A researcher has revealed evidence that the “amore” necklace was traded to an English merchant who have jewelry business in London. In 1988, the necklace was returned to Uffizi Gallery, the most famous museum in Florence, for further research by its last owner’s grandson, Adam Smith, after Mr. Smith found the word “amore” was engraved on right side of the pedant.

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