By Clive Kandel
Cartier Paris, 1954. Coral, Pearl and Diamond Tiara, designed as a tapering coral honeycomb, with each panel applied with a diamond star, the top edge enhanced by a series of graduated pearl and diamond collets with diamond festoons between, mounted in platinum and gold. Signed Cartier, Paris. Formerly from the collection of Mrs. Kathleen O’Donnell Hoover, Chair of the Memorabilia Committee of the Metropolitan Opera Guild, this Tiara was part of the Guild’s collection and was later deaccessioned and auctioned at Christie’s New York on June 20 2017.