October 1, 2015

Barbara Hutton's Emerald Tiara

Creation:  This tiara was made in 1947 by Lucien Lachassagne of Cartier and can be worn as a necklace.  The emeralds used in this tiara were just some of the many emeralds that belonged to Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna.  They were part of a necklace which was a wedding gift from her father-in-law, Emperor Alexander II of Russia.  In 1920, the emeralds were inherited by her son, Grand Duke Boris Vladimirovich, who sold them to Cartier.  They were sold, as part of a new necklace, to Edith Rockefeller McCormick and were bought back by Cartier after her death in 1932.  Barbara Hutton bought the emeralds from Cartier in 1936 and first wore them in a ring, necklace and earrings before having them used in the tiara.
Barbara Hutton
Barbara Hutton
Materials:  emeralds and diamonds set in gold

  1. Barbara Hutton 
  2. Van Cleef & Arpels; bought in 1965, they removed the emeralds to be sold individually and redesigned the piece as a pearl necklace that was sold to Brooke Astor
Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna's Necklace
Barbara Hutton's Necklace
Edith Rockefeller McCormick's Necklace
  • Were some of the emeralds from the tiara used in Elizabeth Taylor's emerald necklace?
Brooke Astor's Necklace
Elizabeth Taylor's Necklace
Photos:  Cartier/Sotheby's

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