Kennedy and her daughters Kathleen and Rosemary, ready to be presented at courtRose Kennedy and her daughters were to be presented at court. She would be expected to wear a tiara, but she hadn't realized she'd need one for her time in the United Kingdom. She recalled the experience in her autobiography, Times to Remember: "My new and sympathetic friend Lady Bessborough lent me hers and it proved to be exactly right, most flattering and magnificent. (It fitted very well and had many brilliant diamonds including a gorgeous marquise diamond in the front. With a few temporary adjustments and arrangements it was perfect. I was so grateful to her for the thought. I remember my children - Bobby and Teddy as well as the girls - were extremely impressed.)" The Countess of Bessborough's generosity continued, as Rose Kennedy was later seen in another of her tiaras.
Mountbatten Tiara, with an airier composition. The lightness and the curves of the Bessborough Tiara also differentiate it from many more architectural Art Deco tiaras. All points, I think, in this tiara's favor.
What say you: Modern masterpiece, or not your taste?
Photos: Chaumet, Library and Archives Canada, Getty as indicated