Bessborough Tiara

The glittering Diamond Tiara that has links with a British Countess and the matriarch of the famous Kennedy Family. The Chaumet Bessborough Tiara was worn for Official Portraits, a Coronation, and at a Court Presentation. It exemplifies the beautiful Art Deco tiaras made in the glittering years before WWII.

Made by the French Jeweller Chaumet in 1931, the Bessborough Tiara is compsed of an Art Deco scroll motif in platinum and diamonds, and features a large marquise diamond in the center.

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Made for Roberte, Countess of Bessborough, the Tiara was worn by her for Official Portraits in the early 1930s, taken during her husband’s tenure as Governor General of Canada. Roberte also wore it to the 1937 Coronation of King George VI and Queen Elisabeth. Later, she was seen wearing the tiara at an event with Queen Mary in the 1940s.

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Roberte, Countess of Bessborough famously lent the Tiara to her friend, Rose Kennedy, mother of President JFK, during the Kennedy’s tenure as U.S Ambassador to the UK in the late 1930s. Rose wore at her presentation at Court in 1938, which was a part of the debutante season. She later wrote in her autobiography;

As a matron I would wear a tiara in my hair. I didn’t own one. It had simply never occurred to me before coming to England that I would ever need one. My new and sympathetic friend Lady Bessborough lent me hers and it proved to be exactly right, most flattering and magnificent. (It fitted very well and had many brilliant diamonds including a gorgeous marquise diamond in the front. With a few temporary adjustments and arrangements it was perfect. I was so grateful to her for the tought. i remember my children- Bobby and Teddy as well as the girls- were extremely impressed.)’

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