Historical images of lost Russian royal jewels rediscovered.
Four unique photos of undocumented Russian Crown Jewels have been discovered in the Geological Survey Library in America. The images are featured in the 1922 “Russian Diamond Fund” album uncovered in the library’s rare book collection.
What makes the newly discovered photos so special is that they are not included in the official documentation of the Russian Crown Jewels, “Russia’s Treasure of Diamonds and Precious Stones,” published in 1925 and considered the most complete inventory of the Russian Crown Jewels.
“These images are unique representations of a bygone era taken at a key moment for Russia, buried in quiet bookshelves for almost a hundred years, then rediscovered to add one more tiny but important part to the infinite puzzle of history,” USGS librarian Jenna Nolt explained.
USGS librarians are trying to trace their history with assistance from experts from across the world. More.
Some artwork done by Grand Duchess Maria. Maria was described as rather lazy by her tutors, but she loved to paint when the spirit moved her. She always drew and painted with her left hand, but wrote with her right hand.
Source: Thirteen Years at the Russian Court by Pierre Gilliard
Romanov Quadricentenary Egg
In 1913 Tsar Nicholas II presented his wife, the Empress Alexandra Fedorovna, the Romanov Tercentenary Egg designed and made by Carl Fabergé. This Easter gift was presented on 14th April 1913.
In 2003 Theo Fabergé, grandson of Carl Fabergé, designed the Romanov Quadricentenary Egg which is now presented to the Tsarskoye Selo Museum.
The theme of the Egg is the quadricentenary of the House of Romanov, which had been founded by Mikhail Fedorovich Romanov in 1613.
This Egg with 18 miniature decorations, celebrating the 18 Romanov Tsars, is created in solid sterling silver with sapphire blue royal guilloché enamel and 18 carat gold. The finial of the Egg is the double-headed Romanov eagle, but in fact a triple-headed eagle, so that from which ever angled viewed the double-headed eagle is visible. The base, ornamentally turned on Theo Fabergé’s Holtzapfel lathe from 1860, again celebrates the 18 Romanov Tsars with 18 deep cuts and covered with pure 24 carat gold.
The Romanov family’s royal court gowns, as worn by the children and the Tsarina of the Romanovs.
Russian kokoshnik tiara.
More gowns worn by Maria Feodorovna, Tsarina of Russia.
Evening dress of Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna, 1900’s
From the State Hermitage Museum
Here are some lovely portraits of members of the Imperial Family by Kaulbach.
Imperial Peter the Great Easter Egg
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
- One of the Grand Duchesses’ dolls, preserved for over seven decades.
- The crib of the last Tsarevich has recently been brought out of storage.
- The Tsarevich’s teddy bear and small Cossack uniform are today on display in the Palace of Pavlovsk.
-Tsar: The Lost World of Nicholas and Alexandra.