Today marks the anniversary of the Death of Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna, Princess Nicholas of Greece, the only daughter of Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich of Russia and Duchess Marie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin who married Prince Nicholas of Greece and became the mother of Princess Paul of Yugoslavia, Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent, and Princess Elisabeth, Countess of Törring-Jettenbach. To mark the anniversary, we are featuring her magnificent Emerald Brooch!
A magnificent cabochon emerald surrounded by diamonds, from which a detachable pear-shaped cabochon emerald is suspended, this Emerald Brooch may possibly come from the famous emerald necklace of the legendary Grand Duchess Vladimir, that was inherited by her son, Grand Duke Boris, and possibly given, alongside a pair of emerald earrings and another brooch, by his wife, Grand Duchess Zenaide, to her sister-in-law, Princess Nicholas, who wore it with the Vladimir Fringe Tiara for a State Banquet in 1952.
After Princess Nicholas’ death in 1957, she left the Brooch to her youngest daughter, Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent, who wore it to a variety of occasions, most notably the Wedding of the Marquess of Hamilton and Sacha Phillips in 1966, before her death in 1968.
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Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna’s Emerald Brooch was one of the jewels inherited by Princess Marina’s daughter, Princess Alexandra of Kent, who wore it as a Brooch in the early 1970s, before converting it to be able to be worn as the clasp of a pearl choker, with and without the emerald pendant. However, it can still be worn as a Brooch, like Princess Alexandra did for the Wedding of her only son, James Ogilvy, in 1988. The Emerald Choker was notably worn in recent years at Prince William’s Pre-Wedding Dinner in 2011, but there is no doubt we will continue to see this illustrious Royal Heirloom for years to come!