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The Greville Emerald and Diamond Kokoshnik Tiara, Chosen by Princess Eugenie


For her illustrious wedding day headpiece, Princess Eugenie chose to borrow an emerald and diamond tiara from her grandmother; the Queen. Though many speculated that she would opt to wear the 'New York Diamond Tiara', which was initially worn by her mother Sarah Ferguson at her wedding to Prince Andrew, Eugenie's choice was instead, the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara, commonly referred to as the Boucheron Tiara.



The dazzling jewelry piece was made by the famed French jeweler Boucheron back in 1919. It has belonged to the royal family for over seventy years now.

Its original owner was Margaret Greville, who was a very famous society hostess. Madame Greville passed her jewels to the queen after her death, who eventually also passed it (along with her other jewelry collections) to Queen Elizabeth in the year 2002.

 

The "Kokoshnik” style was popularized in the Russian Imperial Court back when this piece was originally made. It features brilliant, rose cut diamonds that were set in platinum, housing six emeralds on each side as well. The tiara went well with Eugenie's open-back, long-sleeve Peter Pilotto gown for the event.



Emeralds and diamonds have been a well-established luxury pair for as long as anyone can remember. Being one of the 'Big Three' colored gemstones, the vivid green beryl can come in many qualities, with its most famous locality source being the Muzo region of Colombia.

Large emerald specimens, like the one on Eugenie's Tiara, have become even more exceedingly rare in modern markets. With the popularity of hydrothermal lab-grown emeralds, people have also now grown cautious when selecting extra-fine emeralds that are nearly-free of inclusions.

(Editorial photography credit to the corresponding media representatives of the royal wedding event.)
Gemologist.ph
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