from the press of the 50th....
The beautiful Rani Shanker, wife of the Nepalese Ambassador, General Shanker Shamsher Jang Bahadur Rana, G.B.E., is one of the most popular of London's diplomatic hostesses. The charm of this most gracious lady is well known, and her exquisite taste is reflected in the furnishings of her delightful home in Kensington Palace Gardens, which complement her beauty no less than the lovely saris for which she is famous among the diplomatic circles of three continents. The Rani Shanker enjoys sharing her distinguished husband's very busy life, which means a great deal of travelling for them both for while his Excellency has been his country's Ambassador in London since 1949, he is also Ambassador to France and the United States. It is somewhat difficult to believe that the Rani is the mother of two grown-up children, but it is true enough her daughter is now the Maharani of Ratlam, and her son is the Military Attache at the Nepalese Embassy in London. Diplomatic Hostesses.
..The Nepalese Ambassador, H.E. General Shanker Shamsher Jang Bahadur Rana, in the foyer with his wife, who wore a superb sun-ray tiara with her most beautiful sari......
..............The most dignified woman there was the Rani Shanker, wife of the Nepalese Ambassador. She wore a sari of blue and white flowered chiffon and her glossy raven hair was uncovered. ..................
.......There were many beautiful woman at the party and the jewels were really astonishing.Perhaps the most outstandind were the necklace and braclets of diamonds and cabochon emeralds worn by the Ranki Shanker the charming wife of the Nepales Ambassador.........
..............and the Nepalese Ambassador and the Ranee Shanker, the latter wearing some exquisite rubies and diamonds with her sari. ..............
...............Then came the Saudi Arabian Ambassador in his picturesque robes with Mme. Wahba and the Nepalese Ambassador, wear ing a galaxy of orders and decorations, with the Rani Shanker whose jewels were outstanding.......................
M. Harjes Cartier, and the former Nepalese Ambassador in London, General Shanker and the lovely Rani Shanker, who has some exceptionally fine jewels.
The Rani Shanker was the daughter-in-law of H.H. Sri 3 Maharaja of Kaski and Lamjung, Sir Chandra Shumshere Jung Bahadur Rana of Nepal, in his collection was the halo tiara.
The Halo Tiara is designed as a graduated series of alternating palmette and arrow-head motifs, each palmette motif supporting a cushion-shaped diamond, set throughout with circular-cut and cushion-shaped diamonds, the band enhanced with baguette diamonds, inner circumference approximately 390mm, detachable from tiara fitting, length approximately 400mm, clasp fitting deficient for conversion to a necklace, three central motifs detachable.
Nine central cushion-shaped diamonds weighing 6.29, 4.68, 4.68, 3.07, 2.61, 2.53, 2.24, 2.16 and 1.72 carats respectively, remaining cushion-shaped diamonds estimated to weigh a total of approximately 28.00 - 33.00 carats, on average J-L colour, SI1-SI2, some I1 clarity. Remaining diamonds weighing a total of approximately 42.00 - 46.00 carats, on average I-J, some K-L colour, VS, some SI clarity, as gauged and graded in the mount. Light scratches and minor tarnish to the metal consistent with age and wear. In good condition.
The jewel is detachable for wear as a necklace, necklace clasp fitting deficient, three central motifs detachable. Height measuring approximately 45mm. Total gross weight approximately 110 grams.
Halo tiaras are worn at a steep angle, high on the crown of the head, encircling the wearer with a halo-like blaze of precious stones. The style was developed in the 1930s, serving as the perfect complement to the closely cropped, waved hairstyles that were in favor by fashionable women.
It will be offered at auction by Sotheby's in Geneve Nov 8th 2023 Estimate 185,000 - 270,000 CHF
Sources: THE SKETCH,Tatler;cartier 1900-1939,Sotheby's
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