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The lost sapphire jewellery of Empress Alexandra Feodorowna of Russia
When Fersman* listet the russian imperial jewels for sale, pos Nr 240 was discribed as
BROOCH IN FORM OF A BOW WITH A LARGE SAPPHIRE IN THE LOCKET

This beautiful jewel is set with rich stones, of a very large and heavy execution, so typical for the jewellery of the middle of the XIXth century. The locket is made out of a clasp.

The bow is 9.5 x 7 cm while the size of the locket with the sapphire is 5.4 x 4.4 cm.

The very dark sapphire, found in the center of the locket,  is far too dark coloured to be Siamese in origin. It is a high oblong cabochon and weighs about 75ct.

The valuable diamonds are Brazilian stones, some of which appear milky. In the bow are
19 large diamonds totalling 60ct and 264 small brilliants of 50ct. In the locket are 12 large stones of 22ct and a number of smaller brilliants of 5ct. The total weight of the diamonds is about 140ct.

The setting is silver a-jour with a small golden gallery. Based upon the craftmanship, it  appears to be circa 1850-1860 and not mentioned in the Imperial inventories prior to those done in 1922 and 1925.

The Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna wore the jewel often in the early years of her marriage, as well as another pendant of two pear-shaped pearls each on a line of diamonds of different lengths, as seen in the pictures above.

It's also well known, that the Princess, after her engagement in Coburg, traveled to England (hoping to be cured of sciatica and to prepare for her duty as Tsarina) to visit her grandmother Queen Victoria to whom she showed her priceless engagement presents.
Queen Victoria noted in her diaries of 1894; "He had brought Princess Alix beautiful presents, both from himself and from his father and mother."


"She almost fainted when I gave her your magnificent presents". Grand Duke Nicky wrote to his mother, about the engagement gifts.

As well Baroness Sophie Buxhoeveden noted in her book** that "The pink pearl (probably Conch Pearl) ring that the Empress always wore was her engagement ring.
Her chain bracelet, with a huge emerald, was a present given by the Cesarevitch at Windsor, as was a necklace of pink pearls (five-row); and the Emperor of Russia sent a marvellous sapphire and diamond brooch.

The Empress use to say that when Queen Victoria saw all these splendours, so different from the simple jewellery of her own youth, she would say to her granddaughter, as if she were still a child, "Now, do not get too proud Alix".

The whereabouts of the wonderful brooch is unknown. Historians have determined that the sapphire brooch was sold in London in 1927. There are records of auctions of some of the lesser pieces from the collection dating from around 1927. There are even memoranda about Soviet agents being caught while traveling with diamonds in their luggage.


*FERSMAN, Aleksander Evgenevich. Russia's Treasure of Diamonds and Precious Stones. Moscow: The People Commissariat of Finances, 1925, parts I-IV.
“Russia’s Treasure of Diamonds and Precious Stones” is considered the most complete inventory of the Russian Crown Jewels and 22 of the photographs from Kunz’s 1922 album "The Russian Diamond Fund" appear to be the same images used in the official Russian 1925 publication.

“This 1922 album contains photographs that document the Imperial Crown Jewels and augments the official 1925 catalog with images of pieces that were not previously known to exist,” said USGS (United States Geological Service) Library Director Richard Huffine. “The USGS has preserved this collection in obscurity for over 75 years, and now that it’s been discovered, we’re excited to share this material with the world to support research and understanding of these rare materials today.”

The four unique photos were originally part of the personal collection of George F. Kunz (1856-1932), a mineralogist and gemologist, gentleman explorer, and employee of the USGS and Tiffany & Co. The four pieces portrayed in the album discovered by the USGS (that do not appear in the later publication include a sapphire and diamond tiara, a sapphire bracelet, an emerald necklace, and a sapphire brooch in the shape of a bow - the jewel written about above.

**Buxhoeveden, Baroness Sophie. The Life and Tragedy of Alexandra Feodorovna, Empress of Russia.

Realisation after an idea of Uwe Ripka, 2016.

Sources: Fersman; Russisches Staatsarchiv; Russian Crown Jewels; Twinings; USGS Library; https://archive.org/details/lifetragedyofale00sofi

 

Romanoff | Juwelen der Zaren

Der Schmuck der Kaiserin Alexandra Feodorowna von Russland|Verlobungsgeschenk

Diamant Schleife als Brosche mit grossem ovalen Saphir Cabochon von 75ct


Das elegante Juwel mit reichen Steinbesatz ist typisch für die Arbeiten Mitte XIX. Jahrhundertes. Laut Fersman gehört der Cluster-Anhänger verbindlich dazu und wurde aus einem Verschluss gearbeitet. Die Karmoisierung ist identisch mit den Schleifenbändern, das macht ihn auch besonders, im Gegensatz zu den typischen Clustern, die meist irgendwie gleich angelegt sind.

Die Schleife mit zwei Schlaufen misst 9,5x7cm, das Medaillons mit dem Saphir 5,4x4,4cm.

Ein sehr dunkler Saphir sitzt in der Mitte des Medaillons, der hoher länglicher Cabochon ist für einen Siam eigentlich zu dunkel, hat ein Gewicht von 75ct.

Die Diamanten sind aus Brasilien und von großem Wert, trotz der Tatsache dass einige davon milchig sind.
In den Schlaufen der Brosche wurden 19 große Diamanten von 60ct und 264 kleine Diamanten von 50ct verarbeitet.
Im Medaillon sind 12 große Steine ​​von 22ct und eine Anzahl kleinerer Diamanten von insgesamt 5ct.

Das Gesamtgewicht der Diamanten beläuft sich auf über 140 Karat.

Die Arbeit ist aus Silber "a-jour" mit einer kleinen goldenen Galerie, ausgeführt ca 1850-1860 und nicht in den alten Beständen erwähnt; erfasst dann erst 1922-1925.

 

Im April 1894 anlässlich des Treffens zur Hochzeit von Viktoria-Melita von Edinburg und ihrem Bruder Grossherzog Ernst von Hessen, in Coburg hielt der Zarewitsch erneut um die Hand von Alix an.
Nach langem werben, sagte Sie diesmal zu und der Zarewitsch initiierte die Schmuck-Kollektion von Alexandra Fjodorowna.
Während der Zeit des hartnäckigen Umwerbens erhielt sie über die Jahre mehrere Juwelen meist mit Aquamarinen.

Die Verlobungsgeschenke des russischen Kronprinzen waren ein Ring mit einer rosa Perle, eine Perlenkette, eine Brosche mit Saphir und Diamanten, sowie ein Armband mit einem Anhänger aus einem großen Smaragd. Dieser Schmuck, ausser der fragilen Diamant-Saphir-Schleifen-Brosche, wird immer wieder erwähnt, dass die Zarin diese Juwelen fast ständig trug, oft mit der 100-Karat Diamantbrosche.
Der zukünftige Schwiegervater Alexander III schickte eine luxuriöse Perlenkette.
Prinzessin Alix besuchte nach der Verlobung ihre Grossmutter in England und zeigte ihr bei der Gelegenheit ihre kostbaren Geschenke. Königin Victoria erwähnte diese Begebenheit auch in ihrem Tagebuch und beschrieb einen grossen Saphir.

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