Katharina die Grosse


Jewels of the Romanovs

Catharina the Great

The collection of diamond dress ornaments presented here displays the glorious legacy of Russias imperial court jewels at the height of their magnificence in the 18th Century.

These prexious jewels would have been made for high-ranking members of the Imperial Court and for Catherine the Great and worn throughout the bodice and skirt of a gown, in a pattern, or randomly, like so many glittering stars, see above the tassels on the corsage.

Such can display seen in a portrait of Empress Maria Feodorovna also.

Not only do the diamonds in this assemblage of ornaments form a dazzling display of wealth, but the forms may allude to the rank and privilege of their original owner.
In addition to the multi-petal flower form resembling daisies, some of the ornaments are designed as tulips, which at this time were among the rarest of flowers, their bulbs regarded as precious.

The attention to detail of each flower type indicates the preferenc for naturalism in jewerly in the second half of the 18th Century.
It is possible that these ornaments may be the work of Louis David Duval, who was handpicked by Catherine the Great to become the court jeweler during her reign.

Part of a line of French emigre jewelers imported by Catherine, legendary for her love of jewels, Duval and his workshop created stunning jewelry an jeweled objects for the Empress and her court.

As part of the riches of the Imperial court, these ornaments were part of the Diamond Fund, a stockpile founded in 1719 by Peter the Great to distinguish the wealth of the Romanov family from that of the nation.
It was as part of this collection of jewels that the ornaments came to light, from the treasures of the russian imperial court, in 1922 when an inventory of the holdings was conducted as part of a confiscation and nationalization of all imperial property by the Sowjet government.

Agathon Faberge, an imprisoned member of the illustrious firm of jewelers and goldsmiths, was released to perform the evaluation of the Russian Crown Jewels. Faberge escaped from Russia in 1928, two years after the publication of the inventory, titled Russia`s Treasure of Diamonds and Precious Stones.

Fortyfive small diamonds trimmings..." (ten of which are mounted in a necklace)

Although other ornaments which may be linked to to the inventory have been offered for sale in this century, ( four of the elements are sold in 1966) the greater part of the inventory was originally liquidated in a 1927 auction, at which time it was purchased by an American consortium of buyers. The members of this consortium are not known and the history of these jewels is tenuous at best.

In 1968 there had been assebled as a necklace and was ...as a timeless expression of unsurpassed splendor.

source:sothebys/christies; Lord Twining, A History of the Crown Jewels of Europe; Russia`s Treasure of Diamonds and Precious Stones

Alexandra Feodorovna Tsarina, Empress of Russia | Aquamarine Brooch Stomacher | Zarin von Russland

Aquamarine Tiara Brooch Imperial Jewels | Romanov | Empress Alexandra Fjodorowna

Alexandra Feodorovna Empress of Russia | 100-Carat Diamond Brooch | Diamant Brosche von 100 Karat der Zarin von Russland

Chain Sautoir Necklace and Round Pendant of pearls and 11 big rubies with diamonds | Rubin Perlen und Diamant Halsband mit rundem Anhänger

Pearl Tiara wedding present of Grand Duke of Hesse | Imperial Jewels | Romanov | Perlen Diadem Hochzeitsgeschenk | Grossherzog von Hessen

Bow Brooch of Diamonds with a large Sapphire in the Locket| Alexandra Feodorovna Empress of Russia |Imperial Jewels | Romanov | Große Brillantschleife mit 75 Karat Saphircabochon

Maria Alexandrovna Empress of Russia | Devant de Corsage | Imperial Tsar Jewels Romanov

Tsarina Maria Alexandrovna Romanov Pearls| Imperial Tsar Jewels Romanov

Cameos | Maria Alexandrovna |die Kameen der Zarin| Imperial Tsar Jewels Romanov

Royal blue Sapphire | Wedding Jewels of Maria Alexandrovna| Imperial Tsar Jewels Romanov

Empress Alexandra Feodorovna and the Imperial Sapphires | Imperial Tsar Jewels Romanov

Maria Alexandrovna Empress of Russia | Sapphire Tiara| Imperial Tsar Jewels Romanov

Empress Marie Feodorovna and the Imperial Diamond Dress Ornaments| Imperial Tsar Jewels Romanov

Diamond Flower and Tassel-Ornaments of Catharina the Great | Imperial Tsar Jewels Romanov

Russian State Jewels Flower Ornaments| Imperial Tsar Jewels Romanov

Empress Marie Feodorovna and the Imperial SAPPHIRES| Imperial Tsar Jewellry Romanov

Empress Marie Feodorovna and her Pearl Brooch | Imperial Tsar Jewels Romanov

Pink Diamond Cluster Devante Brooch | Pink Diamond Pearls-Brooche of the Empress Marie Feodorovna | Romanov Pink Diamonds Crown Jewels Russia


Die Schmuck-Collection von Xenia Alexandrovna | Romanov Jewelry Imperial Jewels

Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna | Romanov Jewelry Imperial Jewels
Sapphire Parure | Romanov Jewelry Imperial Jewels
Pearl Choker and Pearl-Stomacher| Romanov Jewelry Imperial Jewels
Die Paruren mit Smaragden und Rubine| Romanov Jewelry Imperial Jewels
Diamond Briolettes Tiara and Fringe Tiara| Romanov Jewelry Imperial Jewels


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