Month: July 2012

Grand Dukes and the Russian Empress

Gifts Empress also been great – because at that time it was customary to hold the primarily luxury jewelry, and jewelry were token, and the official awards. Infinitely generous, she herself often received from friends, colleagues and allies fine jewelry – and, of course, could not resist when in 1777 the Swedish King Gustav viii gave her a token of friendship and respect for skillfully carved crimson red grape bunch weight of 255 carats, framed by green enamel leaves. Huge, iridescent stone was like a sweet delicacy, which so wanted to taste – it was the most unusual of the historic stone and still kept in the Diamond Fund of Russia. In the old days it was called “Caesar’s Ruby,” but later it was found that gem is not a ruby, and perhaps much more interesting and unusual stone In Russia, tourmaline from the xvi century. and especially in the xvii – xviii was used to decorate jewelry and church regalia items of church furniture. In the Kremlin Armory Museum is stored Panagia John the Baptist, executed in the xii century. Byzantine masters adorned tourmalines. Tourmalines were decorated with wreaths and the Grand Dukes – for example, Caps Romanov and Ivan Alekseevicha.V crown of Czech kings, which according to legend killed someone who wears it with no right to it was inserted turmalin.Turmalin weight of 500 carats was decorated with the crown of the Russian Empress representative tourmaline is considered – the Jolly Green Giant (Jolly Green Giant), which is stored in the State Museum of Natural History in New YorkeTurmalin – it is something really special, in a surprising world of gemstones.