Masterpieces worth seeing in the Diamond Fund
Surprisingly, in Moscow there is only one museum of jewelry art. But what! Unmatched around the world. His name is the Diamond Fund. There are, without exaggeration, the most unique collections of rare gems, nuggets of precious metals, semi-precious gems, jewelry of the imperial family and decorations. Each exhibit is a masterpiece. Each has its own story. Just think, if things really have a memory, how many objects they remember ...
The collection of the fund includes about 70 items. Do not list all. The beauty of such words can not be described. The servants of the treasury joke: on a tour, be sure to grab sunglasses so as not to be blinded by the brilliance of gems. In general, definitely - to look with my own eyes. Well, we will tell you about the most valuable exhibits.
Imperial symbols of power
The big imperial crown of the Russian Empire is decorated with 4,936 diamonds, 75 Indian matte pearls and bright red spinel. The weight of the product is almost 2 kg.
The small imperial crown is inlaid with 48 large and 200 small diamonds. Although in tsarist Russia there were other similar crowns, but this is the only surviving one. After the death of the owner of the Empress, such tiaras were dismantled, and the precious stones were inherited in accordance with the will.
Among the many diamonds of the gold scepter, the eagles diamond is especially famous. Empress Catherine II named it in honor of her favorite Grigory Orlov.
The perfectly smooth surface of the state is decorated with large sapphire, located under the openwork cross, a completely clear diamond with a bluish tint in the center and a diamond belt.
A crystal clear, yellowish diamond is the highest value of the shahs of Persia. The weight of the diamond is no less than 88.7 carats! And this is just one of the seven historical stones of the Diamond Fund.
The golden nugget Mephistopheles
The gold nugget of natural origin is the lightest by weight of all stored in the museum. But its artistic value is unique. The similarity of the silhouette of the nugget with the profile of Mephistopheles strikes.
Pandora's doll hat
Lace hat - doll model of ladies' fashion of the late XVIII century. Fashion magazines did not exist then, and the ladies of the court for choosing clothes used dressed dolls - Pandora. Before making a new dress, a miniature copy of it was first put on the doll. And only after the approval of a noble person embarked on sewing.
The product is decorated with an unusual soft purple diamond of natural origin, placed in an opened iris bud. It is worth noting that this is the only colored diamond of the bouquet. Under the remaining diamonds are placed thin plates of multi-colored foil, which creates the effect of multi-color. In addition, flowers and leaves are attached to the springs. At the slightest breeze of the wind, the flowers shudder, sway and look just like living ones.
The diamond tiara of Empress Elizabeth Alexeevna, wife of Emperor Alexander I
The diamond tiara is a work of art. The unique elegance and clarity of form achieved through a meticulous selection of precious stones: 175 diamonds and 120 of the purest diamonds! In the center of the composition is a rare pale pink diamond.
Order of the Golden Fleece
One of the oldest and most honorable orders of the world. Inlaid with very rare mauve topazes, made in the form of a curly lamb skin, hung on a flint with tongues of flame.
Diadem "Russian Beauty"
The exhibition presents a masterful copy of this unmatched work of art. The fate of the original is a mystery covered in darkness. In 1987, a group of master jewelers and artists recreated a tiara based on preserved images and its descriptions in historical sources. It took platinum, 25 pearls and 1,000 diamonds to make a copy. Truly a worthy decoration for every Russian beauty. Product weight about 400 g
Brooch with emerald
The brooch, simple in its artistic design, is distinguished by the natural beauty of a dense green with a light bluish tint of emerald. The square stone, despite its rather large size, is absolutely clean and transparent. According to experts, this emerald is the only one in the world in its impeccable characteristics. Experts believe that the stone was mined in Colombia in the far Middle Ages.
Unprecedented beauty of raspberry-pink tourmaline - another unique exhibit of the fund. Natural stone has the shape of a berry or a bunch of grapes.The history of the gem deserves a separate story, which you can learn on the tour. Just be prepared to defend a rather big queue for a ticket (not like Serov, of course, but still).
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