|Queen Friederike of the Hellenes wears the Greek emeralds during a 1956 state visit to Germany (Wikimedia Commons)|
|Queen Olga of the Hellenes wears her emeralds|
As you'd expect, a Romanov grand duchess marrying a foreign king brought a significant trousseau with her. Among the items that Olga took with her to Greece were a cache of cabochon emeralds, some round, some shaped like drops. The stones were nestled among her other possessions -- including, heartbreakingly, her dolls -- when she arrived in her new homeland.
|Queen Olga wears her emeralds|
In Olga's will, the emeralds were designated to be left to her eldest son, King Constantine I. It's clear that she wanted these particular gems to be a part of the collection of the country's queen going forward, and leaving them to her eldest child was designed to accomplish this. But he died a few years before his mother, so the gemstones were inherited instead by his son, King George II.
|Queen Elisabeth of the Hellenes wears the emeralds in two different bandeau settings|
|Queen Marie of Romania with her daughters, Elisabeth, Maria, and Ileana, and her daughter-in-law, Crown Princess Helen of Romania|
|The kokoshnik-style emerald tiara, with its top row of diamonds removed (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)|
The rest of Olga's emeralds were set in additional pieces of jewelry, forming a parure. Two of the drops are set in a pair of earrings. Some of the round cabochons are set in a large brooch, which can also take several of the pendant drops. But these drops can also be removed and worn in various other configurations, suspended from various diamond necklaces, for example.
|Queen Friederike wears the emeralds during a 1956 state visit to Germany (Wikimedia Commons)|
|Queen Friederike wears the emeralds with Queen Sophie's Diamond Tiara (AFP/Getty Images)|
|Queen Friederike wears the emeralds at the 1962 royal wedding (AFP/Getty Images)|
|Queen Anne-Marie of the Hellenes wears the emeralds in an official portrait (Keystone/Getty Images)|
|Queen Anne-Marie wears the emeralds at 2004 Danish royal wedding (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)|
|Queen Anne-Marie wears the emeralds during her sister's Ruby Jubilee in 2012 (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)|