Just a few accessories that belonged to the real Betsy Bonaparte, with a portrait showing her wearing the tiara. She was 37 or 38 and living in Europe when the painting was made.
Everytime I see the photograph of this jewelry and small handbag, I think how fashionable they would have been in the 1960s!
This tiara features seed pearls and garnets.
Painting in the collection of the Maryland Historical Society, photograph by Michael Chatlien, 2011