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Amethysts of the Empress of Russia Siberian amethysts were mined for the first time in about 1750. The quality of the amethysts emerged as excellent specimens and, as a result, fine, large stones were especially supplied to the mineral collection of the Romanovs. Quickly, smaller stones were used for the charming rococo jewels of this period. The colour of the stones corresponded to the taste of the epoch and Catherine II initiated the popularity of the Siberian amethyst . ROYAL MAGAZIN

Siberian amethyst girandole earrings popular with Catherine II of Russia

Empress Catherine II's Diamond Spray Brooch.

Empress Catherine II of Russia~ Catherine the Great ~ Diamond Spray Brooch

Empress Maria Feodorovna's Sapphire Parure ~ The Romanovs had one of the most impressive jewellery collections of all times. None of the current Houses, not even the British one, can match the splendour of the Romanov Court. One of the most interesting and, unfortunately, mysterious parures belonged to Empress Maria Feodorovna of Russia, wife of Alexander III and mother of Nicholas II.

Empress Maria Feodorovna's Sapphire Parure ~ The Romanovs had one of the most impressive jewellery collections of all times. None of the current Houses, not even the British one, can match the splendour of the Romanov Court.

THE HISTORY OF SAPPHIRE OF EMPRESS MARIA, WIFE OF TSAR ALEXANDER II ~ One of the largest sapphires in the world. Alexander II purchased it at the exhibition of 1862 as a gift for his wife Maria.  Russian Imperial jewelers used it to create a brooch decorated with diamonds. After Maria's death the brooch remained in Russia.

THE HISTORY OF SAPPHIRE OF EMPRESS MARIA, WIFE OF TSAR ALEXANDER II ~ One of the largest sapphires in the world. Alexander II purchased it at the exhibition of 1862 as a gift for his wife Maria. Russian Imperial jewelers used it to create a brooch decorated with diamonds. After Maria's death the brooch remained in Russia.

ORLOV DIAMOND~one of the biggest and most famous Imperial jewels known since 1784.The diamond could probably be the part of Great Mogul Diamond. In 1773 Grigoriy Orlov presented the jewel to Catherine II of Russia in her birthday, in a simple flowers bouquet trying to return her love; the present became outstanding within a few days as none of European monarchs has got the equal jewel in the collection. The diamond became a part of Russian Imperial scepter ca 1775.

The Orlov Diamond (Catherine the Great’s crown jewel) The Armory at the Moscow Kremlin is home to Catherine the Great’s imperial scepter, which is set with a huge, green-tinted diamond, with 180 facets and a weight of carats.

The Vladimir Tiara, Russia, c.1890 Made for Grand Duchess Vladimir, aunt of the last Russian Tsar Nicholas II, the tiara was smuggled out of Russia during the Revolution by a British diplomat. In 1921 it was sold by the Grand Duchess’s daughter, Princess Nicholas of Greece, to Queen Mary, who adapted the tiara to take fifteen of the celebrated Cambridge emeralds as an alternative to the original pearls. The tiara was inherited by The Queen from her grandmother Queen Mary in 1953.

Vladimir Tiara with pearls, Russia, made for Grand Duchess Vladimir. Sold in 1921 to Queen Mary of England who adapted it to take 15 of the celebrated Cambridge emeralds.

THE ROMANOVS JEWELRY ~ A pair of bows to decorate sleeves made for Catherine II of Russia.  Between 1765-1767. 4.2х4.9 sm. Gold, silver, diamonds, rubies, shpinel (the same gem is on the top of grand Imperial crown of Russia).

THE ROMANOVS JEWELRY ~ A pair of bows to decorate sleeves made for Catherine II of Russia. Between sm. Gold, silver, diamonds, rubies, shpinel (the same gem is on the top of grand Imperial crown of Russia).

Monogram of Catherine II the Great of Russia, 1770s-1780s; Hermitage Museum.

Gold, silver and Diamonds Monogram of Catherine II the Great of Russia, Hermitage Museum.

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Amethyst necklace/tiara belonging to Queen Alexandra, wife of Edward VII The tiara is of foliate garlands decorated with 5 hexagonal amethysts set as swing centers within circular wreat…

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