October 16, 2014

Duchess of Kent's Aquamarine Tiara

Creation:  This tiara was created by Georges Fouquet in 1908 but was later altered by removing the enamel sections turning the tiara from a kokoshnik style tiara into a button style tiara.  The five flower elements can be worn as brooches.

Duchess Katharine
Materials:  pearls, diamonds, and Siberian aquamarines

  1. Duchess Katharine of Kent 
  2. Unknown Owner; sold at auction at Sotheby's for $211,255 in November 2014

  • What is this tiara's provenance prior to Duchess Katharine?
  • Did Duchess Katharine actually own this tiara or was it loaned to her? 
  • Who currently owns this tiara?
original tiara

Photos:  Sotheby's


  1. Too bad the tiara was altered from its original version; it was gorgeous as a kokoshnik.

  2. This tiara is going up for auction next month at Sotheby's. http://www.sothebys.com/pdf/2014/GE1405/index.html
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  3. Isn't that sad? At this rate, the Duchess of Kent won't have any tiaras left! Could it be they (the Dukes of Kent) need the money?

  4. I wonder if by doing this less inheritance tax maybe and historical one's be given to the crown to also avoid that same thing too.