For the Paris Universal Exposition of 1855, Napoleon III decided to impress the whole world by exhibiting the Crown diamonds, which he had reset for the occasion. Alexandre-Gabriel Lemonnier (circa 1808-1884) was chosen to produce the crowns of the Emperor and of the Empress with part of these stones. The crown of the Empress, now in the Louvre. It has 2,480 diamonds and 56 emeralds. Excerpt taken from www.louvre.fr.
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