imperial crown of russia

Empress Alexandra Feodorovna’s Maid of Honor cypher → In the form of the Cyrillic initial ‘A’ for the Empress Alexandra Feodorovna (consort of Nicholas I), set with rose-cut diamonds mounted in silver-topped gold, surmounted by a hinged rose-cut diamond-set Imperial crown, unmarked, numbered III, with the original pale blue moiré silk ribbon.


The Great Imperial Crown was made by a skilled court jeweller Jeremia Posier for the Empress Catherine II the Great’s Coronation in 1762. It has a traditional shape and is made up of the two open hemispheres divided by a foliate garland and fastened with a low hoop. The crown is set with 5,000 selected Indian diamonds (some Russian sources state this number as 4,836) and number fine, large white pearls. The crown is also decorated with one of the seven historic stones of the Russia’s Diamond Collection - a large precious red spinel weighing 398.72 carats which was brought to Russia by Nicholas Spafary, the Russian envoy to China from 1675 to 1678. The Imperial Crown is currently on display in the Moscow Kremlin Armoury State Diamond Fund.

Greater coat of arms of the Russian Empire - 1882


The Russian Imperial Regalia

  • The Great Imperial Crown, was made for Catherine the Great’s Coronation in 1762. 5,000 selected Indian diamonds and a large precious red spinel weighing 398.72 carats.
  • Small Imperial Crown is one of the royal Small crown was created to the coronation ceremony of the Empress Maria Alexandrovna, the spouse of Alexander II. The crown seems to be woven of diamond lace mounted in silver, weighs 378 grams: there are 48 big (from 2 to 9 carats) and 200 small diamonds.
  • Imperial orb, was made for Empress Catharine II. Golden orb has diamond belt and cross with huge sapphire in 195 carat. In total there are 1370 diamonds.
  • Imperial sceptre, was made for Empress Catharine II in SPb in 1771 and altered in 1774. Golden sceptre has famous diamond “Orlov” and 196 another diamonds.
  • The Order of St. Andrew the Apostle the First-Called.

The Great Imperial Crown - Made in 1762 for the coronation of Catherine the Great by the court jeweler J.Pauzie. This specially commissioned crown is a byzantine throwback, with two half-spheres joined by two rows of pearls and a garland of oak leaves and acorns.  It contains a whopping 4,936 diamonds and a giant 415 carat ruby perched on top. Good thing the queen had a strong neck!  


The Imperial Coronation Robe and Crown Jewels of Russia for Empress Catherine II “The Great”. 

The gown is made of luxuriant silver silk, with lace sleeves and a lace bertha around the neckline.  Embroidered golden eagles serve as the repeated pattern throughout with ermine trim at the hem.  The blue sash, worn from the right shoulder to the waist, represents the Order of St. Andrew the First Called and is principally bestowed upon the royal family.

On 17 July 1918, four young women walked down twenty-three steps into the cellar of a house in Ekaterinburg. The eldest was twenty-two, the youngest only seventeen. Together with their parents and their thirteen-year-old brother, they were all brutally murdered. Their crime: to be the daughters of the last Tsar and Tsaritsa of All the Russias.

{Holliday Grainger as Olga, Michelle Dockery as Tatiana, Jessica Brown Findlay as Maria, and Georgie Henley as Anastasia.}

Crown Jewels spam - 3. Russian Crown Jewels

The crown jewels of the Tsardom of Russia and Russian Empire were explained in the posts listed here:

Michael I of Russia
Peter I to Elizabeth Petrovna
Catherine II to Alexander III
Nicholas II

Russian Crown Jewels in 1925, by tiny-librarian