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The Manchester Tiara

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A close up of one of the diamond hearts featured on the Manchester Tiara, on display at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

 

Designed by Cartier in 1903 for the Duchess of Manchester in Gold, Silver and Diamonds, lots and lots of diamonds! The Duchess of Manchester was a famous American heiress who marries into the British nobility in 1876. The Duke of Portland recorded that she 'took society completely by storm by her beauty, wit, and vivacity'.

 

The tiara was accepted by the UK Government in lieu of inheritance tax and put on display in 2007.

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Uploaded on June 29, 2008