Die Skizzen stammen aus einem Album der Großfürstin Xenia Alexandrowna von ihren Juwelen:
Anlässlich ihrer Hochzeit mit Großfürst Alexander am
6. August 1894 erhielt sie "From Papa and Mama on the wedding"
beschriftet, eine Smaragd-Diamanten-Parure bestehend aus Diadem, Collier
und Brosche, die nachweisslich von Nichols-Ewing stammt und beinahe
100 000 Rubel kostete.
"From Sandro on the wedding" Ihrem Mann Sandro erhielt sie, oben rechts eine Brosche in naturalistischer Form von Weinblättern mit einem grossen Smaragdtropfen, von Bolin gefertigt, den die Grossfürstin später ihrer Tochter Irina anläßlich ihrer Hochzeit weiterschenkte (diese Brosche ist auf dem Bild nach Auffindung der spektakulären Yussupov-Juwelen zu sehen).
Teile ihres Schmuck trug sie auf einem Kostümball (Bild), die Smaragd-Tropfen ihres Diadems auf dem Kopfputz drappiert, das Collier im oberen Teil ihres Brustschmucks. Die Rubin-Parure darunter als grosszügige Bordüre auf der Vorderseite, als Halsschmuck ein 3-reihiger Diamant-Choker mit enormen Diamanten. Ein Perlennetz mit hängenden Perltropfen und Perlengirlanden rahmen das Gesicht, prächtig wie der unglaubliche Reichtum der am russischen Zarenhof herrschte.
Illustrated above is some of the jewellery produced for the wedding
of TIH Grand Duke Alexander Mihailovich and Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna
in 1894, which included an emerald and diamond parure made by
The brooch was ordered from Nichols Ewing and the total price for the
entire parure came to 99 306 roubles and 59 kopeks, of which
The emerald pendant was a gift from her spouse Sandro on the
wedding, made by Bolin. The Grand Duchess notes later that it was given
to Princess Irina Aleksandrovna, her daughter.
The bill for the brooch has not been found. The necklace cost 42 100
roubles, including 2511 roubles for the cost of labour and the box.
a diamond "fringe" necklace - tiara (wedding gift from Sandro)
her emerald necklace and parure (wedding gift from her parents, the emerald-drops displayed on the head-dress)
a series of diamond spirals, parts of the ruby parure and diadem (like a coronet), turned upside-down and pinned to her bodice
a fringe attached to the pearl net on her head, with pearl-drops....that
appears to be a necklace of diamonds & pearls
"With no real experience of handling money, Xenia was easy pray for unscrupulous opportunists, In December 1921 a self-styled financier, Marurice Sternbach, came to England...He told her that he was in a good position to get her a fair price for her jewellery, and she entrusted him with a considerable amount..."
Here is the damage:
She was giving them so much to entrust in a business that she was assured "Would bring her wealth beyond the dreams of avarice."
In April 1923 Xenia took court action, in which she was the plaintiff
and Calvert was the defendant. After the trial, Xenia was awarded £10,000
CZAR'S SISTER WINS PEARL SWINDLE SUIT; Grand Duchess Gets £10,000 Verdict Against Calvert and Sternbach, American.
New York Times Apr 18, 1923
LONDON, April 17. -- Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandroyna of Russia, sister of the murdered Czar, obtained a verdict today of £10,000 against Albert Frederick Calvert of Hampstead, and Maurice Sternbach, an American citizen, who was recently deported from this country.
The servants had been so afraid they would be left behind that they had not loaded the chests. In all, about fifty-four cases were left on the quay. Xenia said it did not matter, but over the coming years there must have been many times she regretted it.
Olga and her husband went to live in the flat over Sandro´s wine cellar, taking with them all Dagmar and Xenia´s jewels concealed in cocoa tins (which, at the first sign of trouble, they hid in a hole in the bottom of a rock by the sea).
Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna Romanova (was born on 6 April 1875 in St Petersburg and died 20 April 1960 at Wilderness House in Hampton Court, England) She was the daughter of Tsar Alexander III of Russia and Dagmar of Denmark and sister of the last crowned Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and, his brief uncrowned successor, their brother Michael.
Xenia Alexandrovna married Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich Romanov
(a grandson of Nicholas I of Russia on 6 August 1894 (25th July in the
"old style" Russian calendar) at Peterhof. Together they had
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