Russia

Lost Magnificence – Diamonds Part 2

Now for the prettiest of the pretty.  These representations of nature in all her glory make me stop, look, and sigh.  Imagine having one of these as a selection from which to choose for your finishing touch to your court gown before descending that grand staircase and joining everyone at the ball and you prepare… Continue reading Lost Magnificence – Diamonds Part 2

Russia

Lost Magnificence – Diamonds Part 1

Diamonds are what make the Romanov vault unique.  There are thousands of them.  We see them in so many different formats, styles, and colors it’s mindboggling.  All these items are kept in the Diamond Fund, exhibited in the Kremlin Armoury in Moscow, Russia except for the bow bracelets which were sold by Christie’s Geneva in… Continue reading Lost Magnificence – Diamonds Part 1

Russia

Lost Magnificence – Quiz!

Thanks to Royal Warren(t), we've embarked on an immersive study on Romanov jewels here at the Bag. Let's check our knowledge! Note: The Russian government developed some replicas of the Romanov jewels after the originals had been sold. In the quiz below, we are referring to the original diadems. For more information: Pink Kokoshnik Tiara… Continue reading Lost Magnificence – Quiz!

Russia

Lost Magnificence – Orders

Throughout Europe the sumptuousness of Russian decorations and badges was never disputed.  There were so many of them and we can enjoy looking at these examples. The Order of St Andrew was established in 1698 by Peter the Great in honor of Saint Andrew, the patron saint of Russia.  This is the Russian Empire’s highest… Continue reading Lost Magnificence – Orders