A tıara wıth over 100 carats of dıamonds that belonged to one of Brıtaın’s most extravagant arıstocrats ıs beıng offered for sale

Henry Paget, 5th Marquess of Anglesey (1875 – 1905) squandered an inheritance from his father worth $75m in today’s money, including family estates in Staffordshire, Dorset, Anglesey and Derbyshire.
He blew the lot in five years, on outrageous clothes, furs, jewels, and dramatic productions, and died penniless of tuberculosis in Monte Carlo.
But the diamond tiara made in 1890, escaped the sale to repay creditors, was inherited by his cousin Charles Paget, and was subsequently worn to the coronations of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II.
London jeweler Hancocks is displaying it ahead of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations and will then sell it.
Guy Burton, director, said: “What’s interesting is that this tiara was one of the very few possessions not sold off to pay debts following the death of the fifth Marquess. Instead, it was retained by the sixth Marquess and Marchioness of Anglesey and clearly held a special place in the family’s heart.

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