The Harcourts have been at the centre of British society for a staggering one thousand years, whether as Oxfordshire landowners or in London as courtiers to the Royal Family; whether as Ambassador or barrister; whether as Field Marshal or aesthete; whether as MP or garden designer; whether as Chancellor of the Exchequer or Minister of Works. All have collected in one degree or another. Lady Harcourt's passion was jewellery.
The rivière comprised of 41 graduated cushion-shaped stones, on a single stone clasp, the brooch designed as one large cushion-shaped stone mounted at the centre in a closed setting within a border of 9 similarly shaped stones, pinched collet setting mounted on silver and gold, the brooch in foiled closed-back settings, with a later brooch fitting length of rivière approximately 421mm, diameter of brooch approximately 32mm.
Given by the Prince of Wales, later George IV, to George Simon, Viscount Duneham, later 2nd Earl of Harcourt
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The Harcourt - Diamond Tiara of styled flower ornaments and large Diamond Riviere with Diamond Pendant
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