wow! thank you all for your amazing input and photos!
I do really love this tiara but as the base reminds me of the Shabanou's Van Cleef tiaras I have suspected that it might of come from that 1950-60"s era.
Clearly, it was worn in the 40's. Also what on earth happened to the base when the Countess of Paris wore it?
--Previous Message-- : Van Cleef & Arpels didn't just lend it to : royalty, they used the tiara as promotional : tool, lending it out and putting it in : advertising campaigns. I keep seeing it : labeled as Empress Josephine's Coronation : Tiara but it very clearly is not the tiara : worn by Empress Josephine at her coronation. : : : : : : : 1949 : : : 1949? - Maria Magdalena of Leuchtenberg, : great-granddaughter of the 4th Duke of : Leuchtenberg : : : I don't know the year for this one but I : think the woman on the left is Jill Corey : not Cory. She is an American singer who was : popular in the 1950s. : : : 1956 - Nancy Berg : : : 1963 - Princess Grace of Monaco : : : 1967 - Rose Kennedy at the Red Cross Ball in : Palm Beach, Florida : : : : 1969 - on display in New York City - The : caption reads "DIADEME OF L'IMPERATRICE : JOSEPHINE. The tiara with 1040 diamonds : offered by emperor Napoleon 1st to empress : Josephine and she wore the day of the : coronation, private collection of Van Cleef : and Arpels, June 12, 1969." : : : 1978 - Jane Anderson Dudley, who was the : wife of the American ambassador to Denmark, : at the Red Cross Ball in Palm Beach, : Florida. : : : 1988 - I think the occasion that the : Countess of Paris wore the tiara was the : evening before the wedding of her : granddaughter Mathilde to Count Erich von : Waldburg zu Zeil und Trauchburg : : : : I recall reading that Van Cleef & Arpels : sold this tiara presumably after doubts were : raised about it belonging to Empress : Josephine but I can't find where I read it. :