A late Century Sapphire and Diamond Tiara/Necklace. Old-cut diamond-set graduated foliate motifs with single stone bud accents, raised on a scrolling diamond border with sapphire highlights mounted in silver and gold. To be auctioned at Christie's in June
The Alba wedding tiara.This major pearl and diamond tiara was once owned by Empress Eugénie de Montijo, wife of Napoleon III. It passed to her older sister Paca, the Duchess of Alba, and remains with the family to the present.
Made in this tiara is designed as a series of graduated open work garlands of floral and foliate motifs, featuring seven natural saltwater pearls. The floral and foliate elements are millegrain-set with rose, cushion-shaped and circular-cut diamonds.