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October 30, 2011

Duchess of Fife's Diamond Tiara

Creation:  This tiara was made circa 1887 and was based off a design by Oscar Massin.  It is almost exactly like his tiara for the Exposition Universelle of 1878 in Paris, the only difference being the shape of some of the diamonds.  The pear shaped diamonds in the middle are hanging so that they move freely.

Materials:  nearly 200 carats of diamonds set in gold and silver
Princess Louise
Princess Louise
Provenance:
  1. Princess Louise, The Princess Royal, Duchess of Fife; from her husband, Alexander Duff, Duke of Fife on the occasion of their 1889 marriage
  2. Princess Alexandra of Connaught, Duchess of Fife; inherited from her mother in 1931
  3. James Carnegie, 3rd Duke of Fife; inherited from his aunt in 1959
  4. David Carnegie, 4th Duke of Fife; inherited from his father in 2015
  5. Historic Royal Palaces; offered to the British government in lieu of inheritance taxes in 2017

Other Wearers: 
Princess Alexandra
Caroline Carnegie
Links:
Photos:  The Royal Collection/Munn

1 comment :

  1. The Fife Tiara hasn't been seen in some time and it's suspected that it's been sold.........horror upon horrors if that's true

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