First seen in 1906, this towering diadem was worn by Alexandra Feodorovna, the last Empress of Russia, at the opening of the first Russian State Duma. It sports a circlet of diamonds and pearls at the base supporting pavé diamond festoons and swirls. These, in turn, suspended oscillating pearl pendants rising to a band of large teardrop-shaped pearl toppers. The tiara culminates in an astonishing summit, which ends at least 5 inches upwards of the wearer.
Alexandra was the granddaughter of Queen Victoria and had married Nicholas II of Russia in 1894. She quickly became unpopular for resisting change from the existing monarchal autocracy along with her dogmatic faith in the healing power of the mystic Grigori Rasputin. Her tiara was eventually lost to the Bolsheviks in the Revolution of 1917 and hasn’t resurfaced since.
The Seven Emerald Tiaras
Farah Diba was the third and final wife of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last Shah of Iran. Her marriage to one of the most respected people in the world allowed her access to the unrivaled Iranian Crown collection of jewels, which could be used individually to make contemporary pieces. The Seven Emerald Tiara was commissioned from Harry Winston for her in the late 1950s and features giant cabochon emeralds individually set in a diamond cluster and mounted high above a constellation of diamonds in white and pastel shades: 294 in total. The tiara peaks at the top and was often paired with her Cartier necklace featuring seven corresponding emeralds, once belonging to Empress Eugénie of France. Farah’s tiara is currently housed in the Central Bank of Tehran following their exile.