I confess that emeralds are my favourite gemstones, and the tiara belonging to the French Crown jewels is one of my all time favourite jewels. It is partially the design of the tiara, partially the colour of the emeralds which captures my imagination.
Side view of the tiara showing the undulating shape.
Yet, I realise that the colour of the emeralds is enhanced by the foiling technique which was characteristic of the era when the tiara was created.
Rear view of the tiara showing the foiling.
I have in the back of my mind that Empress Eugenie wore this tiara. Does anyone have images of this?
I would also be interested in a more detailed history of this tiara, if anyone has information.