We’re taking a detour down to the Mediterranean this go around, discussing the Greek Emerald Tiara.
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This one goes back to Queen Olga of Greece, who brought these magnificent (and enormous) cabochon emeralds with her on her marriage to King George I in 1867. Notably, the tiara didn’t start out as a tiara; Olga wore the emeralds as separate pieces, pining them on a dress, wearing them as pendants, wearing them pinned on a kokoshnik, and so on.
Her granddaughter in law, Queen Elisabeth (born a Princess of Romania – daughter of Queen Marie), started out wearing them simply too, usually on a diamond bandeau. Eventually this kokoshnik style tiara was made, by Cartier, starring Olga’s emeralds.
The Case For the Tiara
OC: Originally, I was not a fan of this tiara because cabachons and I simply don’t get along. However, you cannot beat the color of those stones. It’s a Big Gun with color, and there aren’t many successful examples of those. I do not care for it when worn as a necklace.
The Handbag: I like it – I think it has serious presence. I am not a huge emerald fan, but these massive specimens are meant for a tiara and there they are.
The Case Against the Tiara
LiL: I’m not a fan of most emeralds to begin with and the ones from Cabochon are even worse. If I have to wear emeralds I’m going to need them faceted and sparkling in the candlelight, thank you very much. It’s also very “clunky”. No thanks.
LG: Like LIL, I’m not a fan of emeralds, so this one started off at a disadvantage. Also not every stone is suited for the cabochon shape/cut: star sapphire, ok; turquoise, maybe; rubies, sapphires and emeralds…no. Also, the design looks “heavy,” and the “E” element just puts me off.
What do you guys think?