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Princess Grace in Empress Josephine’s Coronation Tiara

Close-up from the David portrait of the coronation. Le Sacre de Napoleon detail (Josephine Bonaparte) by Jacques-Louis David

Cameo Diadem of Empress Josephine: This diadem is made from lapis cameos and delicate pearls set in gold. The center cameo portrays Napoléon Bonaparte. Notice how the raised sculptures are a bit darker than the background.

Cameo Diadem, Empress Josephine: Lapis cameos and delicate pearls set in gold. The center cameo portrays Napoleon Bonaparte.

Town dress with chemisette owned by Empress Josephine, First Empire  From the Chateau de Malmaision Costume Collection white muslin, embroidered with a sprinkling of flowers and embellished with a ruché trim. This outfit comes from the family of Madame Poyard who looked after the Empress’s wardrobe after 1809.”

Town dress with chemisette owned by Empress Josephine, First Empire From the Chateau de Malmaision Costume Collection app: “ “This high-waisted dress with its square, low-cut neckline and decorated.

Side view of the diadem of (French) Empress Joséphine de Beauharnais (Napoléon's first wife). Made for her coronation in December 1804.

Side view of the diadem of (French) Empress Joséphine de Beauharnais (Napoléon's first wife). Made for her coronation in December

Empress Josephine of France Sapphire & Diamonds-After the fall of Napoleon, jewelry on both sides of the channel became more extravagant & some of the finest tiaras were created. In the 19th century & the rise of democracies & the nouveau riche, the wearing of diadems & tiaras shifted from a political to a fashion statement. For the new upwardly mobile classes, the tiara became a `must have' addition to the female wardrobe for social events. This period marks the start of wedding tiaras.

Empress Josephine of France Sapphire & Diamond Empress Jan hopes to inherit this!

Town dress with chemisette owned by Empress Josephine, First Empire  From the Chateau de Malmaision Costume Collection white muslin, embroidered with a sprinkling of flowers and embellished with a ruché trim. This outfit comes from the family of Madame Poyard who looked after the Empress’s wardrobe after 1809.”

Town dress with chemisette owned by Empress Josephine, First Empire From the Chateau de Malmaision Costume Collection app: “ “This high-waisted dress with its square, low-cut neckline and decorated.

Engagement ring given by Napoleon Bonaparte to Rose Tascher de la Pagerie de Beauharnais prior to their wedding on March 9th 1796.   Two tear-shaped stones - a diamond and a sapphire - are placed in a gold setting that was sentimentally called toi et moi (you and me) in the 18th century. Each gemstone weighs just under a carat.  The ring was passed down through the family of Hortense de Beauharnais  until recently being sold at auction for $949,000.

This is the engagement ring Napoleon Bonaparte gave Josephine de Beauharnais -- simple but stunning enough for a royal.

The diadem of Empress Josephine was made for the coronation of the Empress.  The diadem is fully set  with diamonds.    At the coronation ceremony in Notre Dame Cathederal, Napoleon, after crowning himself, crowned Josephone as his wife by her  own right

Straight on view of a replica of the diadem made for the coronation of Empress Josephine. The original diadem is fully set with 1040 diamonds and is now owned by Van Cleef and Arpels. See the Diamonds II board

Shell cameo diadem presented by Joachim Murat to Empress Josephine, 1804-15  From the Foundation of Napoleon via Jeweller Magazine

Empress Josephine's shell cameo diadem, presented to her by her brother-in-law Joachim Murat Carved Cameo Tiara of the Empress Josephine wife of Napoleon. Musee Massena on the Promenade des Anglais, Nice, France, Europe

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