She said it is usually difficult to authenticate jewelry that belonged to presidents’ wives, making the tiara special because there is proof of its provenance. The museum had previously borrowed the tiara from the family for special events.
Now it is on public display in its original velvet box, within a special case for extra security.
“I have not tried it on. I will not try it on,” Kenney said, smiling. “That’s a curatorial no-no.”