Trinket Tuesday: Eugenie’s Pearl and Diamond Diadem

For today’s trinket, we travel back to the Louvre to admire another royal tiara. This time, a pearl and diamond tiara owned by Empress Eugenie, consort of Napoleon III. To learn more, I consulted my trusty tome of a book, Tiaras – A History of Splendour by Geoffrey Munn. According to Munn, this tiara was made for Empress Eugenie and has this many pearls and diamonds (brace yourselves): 212 pearls weighing 2,520 grams and 1,998 diamonds weighing 63.3 carats.

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The pearl and diamond tiara made by Gabriel Lemonnier.

Munn also provides us with a short timeline: the tiara was sold in 1887 and made its way into the German princely family of Thurn und Taxis, eventually to be purchased by the Louvre in 1992.

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Links for your enjoyment: Winterhalter’s portrait of Eugenie wearing this tiara, fascinating Washington Post article: Death und Taxis, Gloria von Thurn und Taxis wearing the tiara on her wedding day.

Trinket Tuesday is where I share some of the lovely things I discover during my travels, research or around town. All pictures are my own (unless I state otherwise). I hope you enjoy!