Oben ein Bild des schönen Harcourt Diadems, der Viscountess Harcourt,
Lady Ashburten, Ihre Tochter trug diese Tiara 1953 anlässlich der
Krönung von Königin Elizabeth II (siehe Bild)
Das exquisite Diadem besteht aus gebündelten Blumenköpfen
und Blättern die von Diamant-Bänder unterbrochen werden, schleifenförmige
Motive verzieren die ovalen offenen Bögen, in deren Mittelpunkt
insgesamt sieben aussergewöhnliche Smaragde gefasst wurden.
Die Viscountess- Witwe trug das Diadem zusammen mit ihren Harcout-Smaragden,
ein Diamant-Smaragd-Collier von Cartier, das Christie's für £1,870,000
am 21 Juni 1989 in London, an Graff versteigerte.
Die Zeichnung zeigt das Collier in Orginalgrösse und das exakte Karatgewicht, der enormen und exquisiten Smaragde von zusammen ca 150 ct.
Die Harcourt Tiara wurde 2005 von Christies ebenfalls an Laurence Graff für $1,583,553, versteigert, der dritt-höchste Preise der für so ein Objekt erzielt wurd.
Die Harcourt - Smaragde, Collier und Diadem
The exquisite Harcourt tiara is composed of sprays of diamond flowerheads and leaves running between borders of continuous diamond ribbon motifs with the focus centering on seven graduated step-cut emeralds. It is mounted in silver and gold and was made circa 1900.
This tiara was worn at the 1937 coronation of King George VI by the Dowager Viscountess Harcourt. It was also worn by her daughter, Lady Ashburton, shown dressed in her coronation robes wearing not only the emerald and diamond tiara on her head but also the "Harcourt Emeralds" necklace made for her mother by Cartier in 1920.
The magnificent emerald and diamond necklace totalling 150 carats of exquisite emeralds was sold by Christie's for £1,870,000 in London on 21 June 1989, to the jeweller Graff.
The Harcourt tiara which was auctioned at Christie's in 2005 was also sold to Laurence Graff for $1,583,553, the third highest price ever realized for such an item. Above in the sketch of the necklace, the original emeralds' size and weight are itemized.
The Harcourt Emerald necklace was reset by Graff into a magnificent necklace. "I originally bought the magnificent parure (sic) some years ago," Graff recollects.
"I broke it up and re-polished all the stones. When the tiara came up recently  I bought that too because it had a magnificent centre stone together with other top quality emeralds.
I broke the tiara up as well, and re-polished all the stones. I am fascinated by the history of jewels, but I am more interested in the history of individual gems. If you think about it, the emeralds used for the necklace and that tiara probably came from an earlier piece of jewellery. Stones are always being recycled and given new leases of life. 'My challenge, he says, 'is to acquire great gems and pass them on to my clients."
The emeralds themselves have a fascinating provenance; they descended from Mary Hayes Burns, the sister of the banker J. Pierpont Morgan, to her daughter Mary, who married Lewis, first Viscount Harcourt, in 1899. The 2nd version of the tiara dates from 1920. The tiara then passed to Viscountess Harcourt's daughter, Lady Ashburton, (1900-1981), née Doris Mary Therese Harcourt, the elder sister of William, second Viscount Harcourt. She married the Hon. Alexander Baring, later sixth Baron Ashburton, in 1924. The tiara then passed to her son, the Hon. Robin Baring.
Source: Christie's; The Most Fabulous Jewels in the World, Graff;
The Harcourt Emerald Necklace Collier from Graff | Famous Jewellery History
The Harcourt Diamond Tiara Crown | Important Diamond Diadem
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