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Monday, May 20, 2013

Crown Jewel by Prince Matchabelli c1946

Crown Jewel by Prince Matchabelli: launched in 1946, it was the first postwar perfume that the company released. The advertisements shown in newspapers state that this perfume was "imported from France", which infers that, unlike most of the Matchabelli perfumes, this particular one was bottled, and sealed in France, but in reality, only the perfume formula was compounded in France. It was then shipped to the Matchabelli factory in the USA and bottled, packaged and distributed.

Note: Please understand that this website is not affiliated with the Prince Matchabelli company in any way, it is only a reference page for collectors and those who have enjoyed the Prince Matchabelli fragrances.  

The goal of this website is to show the present owners of the Prince Matchabelli company how much we miss the discontinued classics such as Crown Jewel and hopefully, if they see that there is enough interest and demand, they will bring back the perfume! 

Please leave a comment below (for example: of why you liked the perfume, describe the scent, time period or age you wore it, who gave it to you or what occasion, any specific memories), who knows, perhaps someone from the company might see it.

Fragrance Composition:

Said to be Matchabelli's answer to Jean Patou's Joy perfume.

So what does it smell like? It is classified as an aldehydic woodsy floral fragrance for women and was described as a brilliant, opulent floral, with many similarities to Patou's Joy.
  • Top notes: aldehydes, green note, lily of the valley, peach
  • Middle notes: rose, jasmine, lily, orchid, tuberose
  • Base notes: orris, sandalwood, cedar, amber, musk, civet, patchouli


Fate of the Fragrance:

Discontinued, date unknown.

1 comment:

  1. Greetings,
    I have in my collection a sealed 1 fl.oz crown bottle with clear glass panels for 'Crown Jewel', nearly full and in wonderful condition although the parfum within looks a little darker now. The stopper is a small gold glass cross tied with very fine twine & sealed with a waxy membrane, I'm not quite sure how old this presentation is, any information would be very much appreciated. Also I have another boxed parfum by Prince Matchabelli called *Damas*, I can not find any reference to this long discontinued gem, the bottle is high quality clear glass with a tulip shaped stopper(similar to Raphael's 'Replique') in crystal bearing the deeply etched insignia of the Matchabelli crown, very interesting indeed, I have never seen another since acquiring this coffret ! The parfum contained within smells very dark, rosy & plummy, similar to Rochas 'Femme' in a strange kind of way ? Again please reply regarding this long forgotten juice by Prince 'M'
    Kind Regards.