The Tiara That Witnessed History
Designed as an open work Greek key band millegrain-set with circular-cut diamonds within an outer border of seed pearls, framing a central detachable old mine-cut diamond, inner circumference approximately 305mm, unsigned, later tiara frame, case stamped Cartier.
Commissioned in 1909 from Cartier Paris by Sir Hugh Montagu Allan for his wife Marguerite Ethel, née Mackenzie, and taken with her on the ill fated final voyage of the RMS Lusitania in 1915. The tiara was with Lady Allan’s maids when they were rescued from the shipwreck. Thence by family decent.