Sparkly Splendour: The Galerie d'Apollon and the French Crown Jewels at the Louvre
The third tiara on display at the Louvre is Empress Eugénie's Pearl and Diamond Tiara. Commissioned by Napoleon III as part of a suite of jewellery for his soon-to-be wife Eugénie de Montijo, it features 212 pearls and 1998 diamonds. The tiara was made by Gabriel Lemonnier for the wedding in 1853 and worn by the Empress for her famous Winterhalter portraits. Much like the Emerald and Diamond Tiara on this list, it was originally part of the French state treasury but sold in the late 19th century. The new owners: The Princes of Thurn und Taxis, whose home is Schloss St. Emmeram, sometimes said to larger than Buckingham Palace. The German noble family held onto it for a good 100 years before they sold it to the friends of the Louvre to be put on display at the museum.