Katharina die Grosse
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.
The attention to detail of each flower type indicates the preferenc
for naturalism in jewerly in the second half of the 18th Century.
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.
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
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