Pocket Profiles · Russia

Pocket Profile – Empress Maria Feodorovna (Dagmar of Denmark)

We are jumping 100 years from Catherine the Great to another foreign-born Empress Consort, Maria Feodorovna. In a world of royal intermarriage, she may have been one of the most connected royals. She was certainly one of the most beautiful. She also lived a life that did not lack drama, as we shall see. As… Continue reading Pocket Profile – Empress Maria Feodorovna (Dagmar of Denmark)

Pocket Profiles · Russia

Pocket Profile – Catherine the Great

To augment the knowledge from our Lost Magnificence series, we are dipping into the history of various members of the Romanov family. The life and reign of Catherine the Great is far too vast for a mere "Pocket" Profile. That very concept is to giggle over. We are simply looking at the highlight reel here,… Continue reading Pocket Profile – Catherine the Great

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Lost Magnificence – There’s Only One

These three items are doozies!  They are all held in the Diamond Fund, exhibited in the Kremlin Armoury in Moscow, Russia. The female members of the Russian Royal Romanovs weren’t the only ones to wear fanciful diamonds.  Imagine this diamond epaulette on the shoulder of a uniform keeping a sash in its proper place.  The… Continue reading Lost Magnificence – There’s Only One

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Lost Magnificence – Colored Gemstones Part 2

Now we’re finally getting to pink and blue!  My personal favorite colors for gemstones.  Imagine that these are what all little girls fantasize wearing when they play dress up as princesses.  These amethyst girandole earrings are not too over-the-top to be uncomfortable.  They seem very wearable to me.  The definition of girandole means a large,… Continue reading Lost Magnificence – Colored Gemstones Part 2