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This sheaf of nine stalks of wheat seems to rustle in the wind in an expression of modernity of the French Empire. Empress Joséphine brought the neo-classical tiara back into fashion - emblem of power and sovereignty - prompting a resurgence of the use in jewellery of classical motifs such the sheaf of wheat, a symbol of fertility.
In 1811, Empress Marie-Louise commissioned Nitot to create 150 stalks of wheat to adorn her gown and hair, which would form part of the Crown Jewels. A number of these were
used to produce this tiara. Chaumet made use of the wheat motif on the ethereal tiaras of the Belle Époque and on brooches in the post-war period.