an Edwardian diamond tiara that belonged to the Spencer family. It was given to Lady Delia Spencer, great aunt to Princess Diana, by her father the 6th Earl Spencer, on her wedding day on February 18, 1914. Set with more than 800 old cut diamonds, estimated to weigh a total of 48 carats, the tiara can be transformed into a choker necklace and bracelet. Jewelry News Network: TEFAF Maastricht's High Jewelry Preview
The Spencer Tiara The tiara is entirely a composite with the central element being a gift from Lady Sarah Spencer to Cynthia, Viscountess Althorp as a wedding present in 1919. It was later remounted. Four other elements were made to match it in 1937. Only the two elements at the end are old and are said to have come from a tiara owned by Francis, Viscountess Montagu and left to Lady Sarah Spencer in 1875.
February, 1992: The Princess of Wales attending a banquet given by the President of India, Ramaswamy Venkataraman, during an official visit to the country. She is wearing the Spencer family tiara and a gown by Catherine Walker
Althorp wax seal ~ As this seal is in black, it would indicate that the sender was either in mourning or to pronounce a death. Althorp is the family seat of the Spencer family or better known as the ancestral home and now burial place of Princess Diana. Seal dates from mid 1800's and is part of my collection #waxseal #princess
The third Spencer Tiara formerly belonged to Marie Antoinette. It is pictured here with the Sutherland necklace. (The Sutherlands are a branch of the Spencer family who are also associated with the Churchill”s and the Dukes of Marlborough. Thery”re all the same family.) The Sutherland necklace is comprised of 17 of the largest diamonds from a necklace that was owned by Marie Antoinette AND is the necklace that helped spark the French Revolution.
This is the library/sitting room at Althorp, the ancestral English home of the Spencer family, and the childhood home of Diana, Princess of Wales. This is a grand yet lovely space, with its traditional English Country furnishings. The white bookcases, walls, ornate ceiling and columns all serve to keep the room from looking too heavy, yet there is room to store the 10,000 or so books