Tiara sold at Sothebys to a private collector by Edwina Mountbattens daughter, Lady Pamela Hicks, the little known tiara never again saw the light of day. Commissioned by a generous patron of Illustrious, this is the only known replica in existance. Created by a jeweler in London, England
On the left: The Londonderry tiara. A much revised version of the tiara worn by the Marchioness of Londonderry to the Devonshire House Ball of 1897. Also worn at the coronation of Edward VII in 1902. On the right: The famous amethysts given by Tsar Alexander I to Lady Londonderry in 1821, which were later mounted in diamond-set clusters to form a long stomacher and a tiara.
A BELLE EPOQUE DIAMOND TIARA The front designed as a spray of old European-cut and collet diamond leaves, within alternating diamond-set and collet-set arched and scrolled frames, the sides decorated with a band of leaves, set upon collet intersections and line border, the top set with a series of pear-shaped diamonds, with collet and knife-edged detail, circa 1910