|Photos (clockwise from top left): Empress Farah Pahlavi; Empress Farah Pahlavi; Empress Farah Pahlavi; tiara detail; Empress Farah Pahlavi|
In the 1950s and 1960s, it was hard to compete with the Pahlavi family in terms of sheer glitter power. This tiara was one of several that Farah Diba received when she married the last emperor of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, in 1958.
This tiara, named for the seven cabochon emeralds that are studded across the top of the piece, was made by Harry Winston in the same year that Farah became queen. The rest of the tiara is made of diamonds -- nearly three hundred of them -- in shades of pink, yellow, and white. One of the most unusual features of the piece is its base, which is curved, almost mimicking the wings of a bird.
Like most of the rest of the imperial jewels, this piece was left behind in Iran when the family left following the revolution of 1979. You can see it, along with many other pieces, in the country's Treasury of National Jewels, located in the Central Bank in Tehran.