Famous Jewellery| Diamond Greek Key Wave Tiara Bandeau | Noble Jewelry | Countess Galloway | Heirloom Jewels History
Spectacular diamond jewelry belonged to the Countess of Galloway. This photograph of Lady Galloway shows her in the diamond tiara of scrolls in the Greek key pattern and robes she wore at the Coronation in 1937. This photo by society photographer Hay Wrightson appeared in the November 10th edition of The Tatler and was captioned as follows:
"American-born Lady Galloway, in whom charm, chic, and human kindliness are allied to great good looks, has been married since 1924. She and her husband definitely prefer the country to London, and live mainly in Scotland, where they have two Lowland homes, Cumloden, in Wigtownshire, and a shooting lodge in lovely Glen Trool. The twelfth Earl of Galloway, Lord Lieutenant of the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright, and a captain in the Scots Guards Reserve, is descended from Sir William Stewart of Jedworth, a kinsman of the first two Stuart kings and one of the leading men in Scotland during their reigns. He sits in the House of Lords as Baron Stewart of Garlies. Lord and Lady Galloway's only son, Lord Garlies, is just nine, and they have a twelve year old daughter, Lady Antonia Stewart."
The tiara as worn by the Countess was designed by William Ogden a London jeweller*. However, it has been modified with the addition of a top gallery. The central stone is a diamond of 50 carats, once the property of a Maharajah, which has been recut to a modern shape, worth £50000. The addition makes the meander bandeau more imposing and both could be worn separately.
The Countess wore the diadem one a couple of important occasion, as the opening of Parliament in 1924 and again in 1926 when the press mentioned her famous diamond bandeau.
Randolph Algernon Ronald Stewart, 12th Earl of Galloway 21 November 1892 – 13 June 1978 was the son of Randolph Stewart, 11th Earl of Galloway, styled Viscount Garlies from 1901 to 1920.
On 14 October 1924, he married Philippa Fendall Wendell (died 22 February 1974). Philippa was the daughter of Jacob Wendell III (ca. 1869–1911) and Marian Fendall (1870-?). Marian was in turn the granddaughter of Philip Richard Fendall II (1794–1867), the District Attorney of the District of Columbia. Philippa was the sister of Anne Catherine Tredick Wendell, wife of Henry Herbert, 6th Earl of Carnarvon.
Randolph and Philippa had the following children:
Lady Antonia Marian Amy Isabel Stewart (3 December 1925–15 July 2017)
*William Ogden,Kingsstreet,St James Square, had probably worked together, with the Hanau company Kreuter.