Empress Eugenie had this exquisite pearl tiara made for her for her wedding to Napoleon III. She had the jewelers take the napoléonique pearls which was originally made for Marie~Louise, to make her wedding jewels. Eugenie was a lover of Pearls and can be seen in the portrait below. The crown features 212 pearls and 1998 brilliant-cut diamonds, with a total weight of 63.30 carats. The largest drop-shaped pearl in the entire tiara, in the center position is believed to be the "Perle Napoleon" also known as the "La Regente Pearl." In 1992 the "Amis de Louvre" purchased the diamond tiara and it is where it remains now.
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