This tiara, well a photo of a tiara, is one of the four previously undocumented
Russian crown jewels found by the US Geological Survey. The jewels were found by comparing the 1925
Russia’s Treasure of Diamonds and Precious Stones, said to be the most complete inventory of the Russian Crown Jewels, and an untitled album the USGS received with the personal collection of George F. Kunz. The albums were identical, even using the same portraits, except Kunz version had 4 more items than the published version.
This is my favorite lost piece simply because it was found by looking in old books, and in the US of all places. The land of no tiaras… :( Now if someone could find out what happened to the actual pieces, not just the photos, that’d be great.
“Once upon a December”
Imperial Russia aesthetic for my dear friend Ivan. I personally think that imperial Russia was one of the most beautiful time periods for the nation, even if politically it was bad. The big formal balls they held and such, leave me in awe. Imperial aph Russia was the prince of my dreams I swear hahaha ☆
Why do people hate me? Because they know I have a strong will, and when convinced that a thing is right do not change my mind. Those who are afraid of me, who don’t look me in the eyes, or who are up to some wrong, never like me… But those who are good and devoted to you honestly and purely, they love me - look at the simple people and military. The good and bad clergy, it’s all so clear, and that is why it no longer hurts me as when I was younger.
Tsarina Alexandra writing to her husband in December 1916; Born to Rule p. 240
A rare photo of Chaumet’s blue enamel kokoshnik, property of the Dukes of Westminster, seen here at the Wartski exhibition of May 2006. The exhibition was
devoted to ‘Fabergé and the Russian jewellers’.
Loans ranged from the eighteenth century to 1917 and included several pieces from the Russian crown jewels as well as works by Fabergé and his contemporaries. A section of the exhibition explored the theme of ice and icicles in jewellery conceived for Fabergé by Alma Pihl, who designed the famous Imperial Winter Egg. The Victoria and Albert Museum was one of several public institutions that lent to the show, the majority of piece however were lent by anonymous private collectors.