Diamond Brooch in the form of the Russian Imperial Crown, set with 149 diamonds of abourt 21,1 carats. The two largest diamonds are ca 6,8ct and 7,3ct.
This brooch and 17 others were executed on the order of Tsar Nicholas II to Carl Faberge .
The brooch cost 4000 silver roubles.
These brooches were Imperial gifts presented on 24. May 1894. The day before the coronation of Nicholas II and Alexandra Feodorovna.
They were given both to the Grand Duchesses living in Russia and also to those that had, trough their marriages, become queens or duchesses outside Russia and attend the coronation.
This was given to Grand Duchess Anastasia Mikhailovna who married in 1879 Grand Duke Friedrich Franz von Mecklenburg-Schwerin.
Their daughter Alexandrine inherited this brooch in 1922. She married in 1898 the Danish Crown Prince Christian. Later Queen Alexandrine of Denmark left it to her daughter-in-law Princess Caroline-Mathilde (Prince Knud’s wife). In 1995 the brooch was inherited by her daughter, Princess Elisabeth of Denmark.
Princess Elisabeth of Denmark, left it to The Royal Danish Collection in her will.
Carl Faberge also executed brooches, in this design but larger diamonds, for the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna 10 000 roubles and Empress Alexandra Feodorovna 12 000 roubles. The Queen of Siam was also presented with such a brooch in 1897 the price beeing 5100 roubles.