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.

L’Officiel cover 1954, illustrating a model wearing Cartier Paris coral jewels, including Mrs. Hoover’s coral tiara.
The Metropolitan Opera House had attendants standing guard before and during intermissions and at the end of every performance at the jewelry gallery located behind the Parterre. Here is a photograph of the Hoover Cartier coral tiara in a gallery display cabinet.
Image of Mrs. Hoover wearing the Cartier Paris 1954 coral tiara.