Diamond headband
Cartier New York, special order from J. Buchanan Duke (Nanaline), 1924
Platinum, a fine-grained pearl of approximately 51 grains, diamonds, height at the centre: 5.25 cm
Diameter : 18 cm
Geneva, Collection Cartier, Inventory no HO 28 A24

Born in 1912 in New York, Doris Duke was the only child of Mr. James Buchanan Duke, founder of The American Tobacco Company and The Duke Energy Company, and benefactor of Duke University of North Carolina. On his death in 1925, he divided his fortune between his foundation  - The Duke Endowment, which he had set up to help the people of the state of North Carolina – and his daughter, at that time 12 years of age. Doris Duke devoted herself to a variety of charitable works. She will support medical research and also assist charitable endeavours to help disadvantaged children. Doris Duke died in October 1993 at the age of 81, leaving the bulk of her fortune to her foundation, The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
Numerous books and films have told the story of her life. The latest film, (2007) is titled "Bernard and Doris", with Susan Sarandon playing the role of Doris. One of the jewels worn in the film will be exhibited in her collection.


 

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