Once owned by Empress Eugenie, Cartier set these gems in a new diamond necklace as pendants and sold this in 1971 to the Shah of Iran for his wife the Shabanu Farah Diba. She wore this necklace at the celebrations of the 2,500 years of the Persian empire which took place at Persepolis from 12 - 16 Oct 1971.
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When the Shah and the Empress Farah were married in 1958, several new items of jewellery were made for the occasion.
One was a tiara created by Harry Winston of New York.
Obviously the Empress delighted in it for she wore it in most of her official photographs and on many occasions.
The heart-shaped lower border is of platinum inset with baguette diamonds. Above it two irregular rows of various shaped diamonds (pink, yellow and colourless) support a cresting of seven magnificent large emeralds enclosed in diamond frames.
Emeralds from left to right :
Oval cabochon, 16 x 15mm, 10 carats, blue-green, nearly clean
Oval cabochon 19x 18mm, 18 carats , blue green, nearly clean
Round cabochon 25 x 24 mm, 44 carats, blue green, nearly clean
Centre stone oval step-cut, pavilion exosed, 20 x 28 mm, 65 carats, blue green, some jardin
Oval cabochon 26 x 25 mm 48 carats, blue green, best colour
Round cabochon 20 x 20 mm 24 carats, blue-green, paler, some jardin.
Round cabochon. 15 mm, 10 carats, blue-green, very clean
The tiara combines the old and new in gems and the gem cutters art. The emeralds, South American in origin, may have been cut in India before Nadir Shah's triumph.
Most of the diamonds are brilliants. The larger ones are rather high and were probably recut in the nineteenth century from Indian diamonds in the collection, but some may have been more recent acquisitions. The two old-fashioned brilliants which appear to be heavy, are 15 carats, faint yellow, clean and the other right below the central emerald, cushion brilliant-cut, 15 x 14 mm , 15 carats, colourless, clean.
The baguette diamonds and the brilliants framing the emeralds are modern in cut and are probably South African.
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