The Mountbatten Bandeau



Edwina, Countess of Mountbatten bought the bandeau in 1928. Named one of the six best-dressed women in the world, she charmed high society with her vigour and beauty.

The bandeau was made for Cartier, with gems probably taken from Indian jewellery. Its rich colours hint at the dynamic cultural exchange between Indian and European jewellery during the 1920s.

The Mountbatten Bandeau

 

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The Mountbatten Bandeau

England, 1928
Made by English Art Works for Cartier (London)
Rubies, sapphires, emeralds, diamonds and platinum
Lent through the generosity of William and Judith Bollinger
V&A: Loan:Met.Anon.1:1 to 3- 2005

Edwina Mountbatten, Countess Mountbatten of Burma, and her second daughter Pamela

 

Lady Mountbatten poses here with her new-born daughter, Pamela. She is wearing the bandeau as two bracelets on her wrist.

She bought the bandeau in London in November 1928, shortly before joining her husband in Malta. After a series of arduous journeys, she gave birth five weeks early on 19 April 1929 in the Ritz in Barcelona, to the accompaniment of a military band provided by the King of Spain.

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Edwina Mountbatten, Countess Mountbatten of Burma, and her second daughter Pamela


Barcelona, 1929
Photograph

University of Southampton Library, reproduced by courtesy of the
Trustees of the Broadlands Archives