Oben ein Bild Deborah Herzogin von Devonshire mit der Saphir Diamant Herzbrosche.
Die Brosche gehörte ehemals Cornelia, Gräfin Cornelia Craven, geborenen Cornelia Martin, eine reiche Erbin, die in die britische Aristokratie eingeheiratet hatte und als eine der "Dollar-Prinzessinnen" bekannt war.
1961 nach ihrem Tod, wurde ein Teil ihrer Juwelen verkauft.
Diese Brosche kaufte der Herzog von Devonshire für seine Frau Deborah.
Cornelia Martin, one of the golden American heiresses, was married to the 4th Earl of Craven, Lord Craven in 1893. It was a great society occasion.
The future Countess of Craven was born to an unassuming Manhattan family in 1877. Bradley Martin, a banker, and his wife, Cornelia, lived modestly in Chelsea, well off but far from wealthy. That is until Cornelia’s father Isaac Sherman died in 1881 and bequeathed the family a surprise $6 million fortune — $150 million today.
With their sudden riches, the family adopted the Anglicized surname of Bradley-Martin and rented a Scottish castle on the shores of Loch Ness. The 46,000-acre estate was perfect for shooting and fishing — and the deer and salmon, they knew, would one day draw sporting nobles who would also stalk their daughter, Cornelia.
Young Cornelia was only 15 when William Craven, the 4th Earl of Craven, arrived for an autumn hunt. William, 24, owned two historic estates in the English Midlands but was chronically short of funds. By the end of the shoot, he proposed.
“One day she was playing with dolls, and the next she was engaged and told she could no longer do that,” one of her descendants said.
Their six-month betrothal was scandalously brief. In April 1893, when Cornelia was barely 16, she and the earl married in New York’s Grace Church.
“Poor little Miss Martin looked very nervous and even miserable as she walked down the aisle,” reported The Saunterer, the Page Six of the day. “I heard many expressions of pity uttered by the crowd.”
“One of the most disgusting exhibitions of snobbery I have ever seen,” another observer wrote. “Even New York was disgusted at such a palpable sale.”
With Cornelia’s $1 million dowry — $28 million today — in hand, her new husband began an extensive renovation of Coombe Abbey, his Warwickshire family seat. The building, parts of which date back to the 12th century, got a new roof, structural repairs, and its first electric lights.
Still, Cornelia never got used to the great house’s infamous chill. “The only time I take my furs off is when I go to bed,” she complained to her mother.
She sold the estate off the moment she could — soon after the earl drowned in a 1921 yachting accident.
One of her spectacular jewels was an important sapphire and diamond twin heart brooch which could also be worn as a bangle.
Source: News from-The morning call San Francisco.
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On 30 November 1961, after her death, a casket of magnificent jewels was sold by order of her executors.
The Duke of Devonshire bought the brooch in the form of twin hearts, each with a large inverted pear shaped sapphire as a centre within two rows of pave set diamond borders, for his wife Deborah.
Her Grace Deborah Vivien Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire (March 31, 1920 - September 24, 2014), née Deborah Freeman-Mitford, was the last of the noted Mitford sisters. She married Andrew Cavendish, 11th Duke of Devonshire in 1941.
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