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September 12, 2016

Duchess of Westminster's Diamond Halo Tiara

westminster halo diamond tiara lacloche leolia grosvensor arcot
Creation: This tiara was made in 1930 by Lacloche Freres using the Arcot diamonds and possibly the Hastings diamond.  The original tiara could be worn with a diamond rivière attached to the outer border but this option was later removed.  After being sold, Harry Winston removed the Arcot and Hastings diamonds and had them re-cut to be sold individually.  Turquoises were temporarily put in their place but were eventually replaced with designs of smaller diamonds.  Also, four diamonds were added to the outside of the tiara and several changes were made to the central element.

Materials:  diamonds
westminster halo diamond tiara lacloche leolia grosvensor arcot
Leolia Grosvenor
westminster halo diamond tiara lacloche leolia grosvensor arcot
Leolia Grosvenor
Provenance:
  1. Hugh Grosvenor, 2nd Duke of Westminster
  2. William Grosvenor, 3rd Duke of Westminster; inherited from his cousin in 1953
  3. Harry Winston; bought at Sotheby's in June 1959 for £110,000
  4. Unknown Owner; bought at Sotheby's in October 1988
  5. Isi Fischzang Inc.
westminster halo diamond tiara lacloche leolia grosvensor arcot anne
Anne Grosvenor
westminster halo diamond tiara lacloche leolia grosvensor arcot rose movius palmer
Rose Movius Palmer
Other Wearers: 
westminster halo diamond tiara lacloche carol channing
Carol Channing
westminster halo diamond tiara lacloche alice cooper
Alice Cooper
westminster halo diamond tiara lacloche leolia grosvensor arcot
Sotheby's employee
Questions:
  • When did Isi Fischzand acquire the tiara?
  • Who currently owns the tiara
westminster halo diamond tiara lacloche leolia grosvensor arcot
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Photos: Sotheby's

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