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.

Aquamarine and diamond brooch set in gold given to Princess Alix of Hesse as an engagement gift by her suitor, Tsar Nicholas II.
It was found in Yekaterinburg after the murder of the Empress and later sold by the Soviets. Currently owned by Wartski, London.

ROYAL JEWELLERY || Empress Alexandra Feodorovna’s Aquamarine Kokoshnik Tiara
Made in 1900 for Tsar Nicholai II of Russia’s wife Alexandra Feodorovna, this is one of the relatively few pieces of magnificent Romanov jewellery to have made its way out of the revolution in one piece. The tiara consists of aquamarines and diamonds and is modelled after the traditional Russian headdress, the kokoshnik. It was purchased by Wartski in the late 1920s and is a part of a parure consisting of a tiara alongside matching earrings and a necklace – also made of aquamarines and diamonds. The tiara’s jeweller as well as current whereabouts remain unknown.