It is believed that the tiara was commissioned sometime during 1900, possibly from the renowned jewelers Chaumet, by Guido Count von Henckel, First Prince von Donnersmarck, for his second wife Princess Katharina.
Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara with Emeralds The 1880s creation is made up of 15 intertwined diamond-set ovals. Pendant emeralds hang from the ovals, but they can be interchanged with pearls. Queen Elizabeth II now owns the tiara her grandmother purchased about 90 years ago
This emerald and diamond tiara c1900, from the collection of Princess Katharina Henckel von Donnersmarck, believed to have belonged to Eugenie, wife of French Emperor Napoleon III, sold for a world record 12.76 million dollars at Sotheby's 2011 auction.