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The History Behind Princess Eugenie’s Wedding Day Tiara


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Although it was widely rumored Princess Eugenie would wear the York tiara, she chose a different family heirloom for her wedding day: the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik tiara.

The diamond and emerald headpiece, made by the French jeweler Boucheron in 1919, is just under 100 years old. But it has belonged to the royal family for only a little over 75. Its original owner was Dame Margaret Greville, a famous society hostess who, upon her death, left her jewels to the Queen Mother. When the Queen Mother passed away in 2002, much of that collection, including the Kokoshnik tiara, went to Queen Elizabeth II. Now, in 2018, the Queen lent it to Princess Eugenie for her wedding day—making it quite the extravagant “something borrowed.”

It’s made in the “kokoshnik” tiara style, which was first worn by Russia’s Imperial Court in the early 19th century. Eugenie’s tiara, specifically, is made of rose-cut pave diamonds set in platinum, and adorned with six emeralds. The center emerald, according to The Telegraph, clocks in at 93.7 carats.

The Kokoshnik tiara is a departure from other royal wedding pieces, mainly in its use of colored gemstones—the Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex opted for ones composed of diamonds on their respective days. Although Princess Diana was said to be offered the diamond and pearl Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara for her nuptials, she opted for the diamond-scroll Spencer family tiara instead.

Eugenie paired the Kokoshnik tiara with diamond and emerald drop earrings, which were a gift from her now-husband, Jack Brooksbank. Who needs something blue when you already have a few things in gorgeous green?

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