late 1790s – early 1800s
This is one of the only diamond tiaras from the Napoleonic era. The tiara is crafted in silver-topped gold (front – silver, back – gold) and is embellished with 422 old rose cut diamonds of various shapes set in closed back settings.
In the center of the tiara stands a large stylized flowerhead with curved, diamond-set leaves radiating outwards. The flowerhead itself carries a hefty 9 mm diamond, and the tiara’s sides are embellished with a scrolling foliage of densely packed diamonds.
The polished silver detachable side extensions are modern edition.
Length without side extensions 170 mm (6 2/3 in.)
Height 52 mm (2 in.)
Weight 71 grams