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A Russian silver-gilt 'Catherine the Great' seal-box and cover, 1776; embossed with the Russian imperial double-headed eagle. (Christie's)

A Russian silver-gilt 'Catherine the Great' seal-box and cover, 1776; embossed with the Russian imperial double-headed eagle. (Christie's)

Catherine the Great of Russia's wedding gown.  Wedding dress was made of Silver brocade.  The gown shimmered.  There are glittered hand embroidered roses all over the dress.  She wore a cloak of silver lace over the dress so heavy she could barely move.  It was all quite uncomfortable.  Especially after the crown was added.  She had a terrible head ache after the 3 hour ceremony and hours of activities to follow.

Catherine the Great of Russia's wedding gown. Wedding dress was made of Silver brocade. The gown shimmered. There are glittered hand embroidered roses all over the dress. She wore a cloak of silver lace over the dress so heavy she could barely move. It was all quite uncomfortable. Especially after the crown was added. She had a terrible head ache after the 3 hour ceremony and hours of activities to follow.

Jewelry of Empress Catherine II. Earrings in silver, diamonds, spinels, gold. 11.5 x 11 cm 1764. Master Leopold Pfisterer.

Jewelry of Empress Catherine II. Earrings in silver, diamonds, spinels, gold. 11.5 x 11 cm 1764. Master Leopold Pfisterer.

JEWELS OF THE ROMANOVS~ The mirror with Russian Imperial coat of arms, ordered in London in 1730s. Probably was ordered by Empress Elizabeth I, daughter of Peter The Great, to the wedding of her nephew future Peter III and future Catherine The Great.

JEWELS OF THE ROMANOVS~ The mirror with Russian Imperial coat of arms, ordered in London in 1730s. Probably was ordered by Empress Elizabeth I, daughter of Peter The Great, to the wedding of her nephew future Peter III and future Catherine The Great.

In 1764, the Empress Catherine the Great commissioned the goldsmith Leopold Pfisterer to make a large suite of diamond and Bohemian garnet jewellery. It was composed of a necklace, bracelets and other jewels. On the reverse of the diamond ornaments are tiny holes through which passed threads strung with garnet beads The set was formerly part of the Russian Imperial Collection. It was sold by the Bolshevik government after the Russian Revolution of 1917.

In 1764, the Empress Catherine the Great commissioned the goldsmith Leopold Pfisterer to make a large suite of diamond and Bohemian garnet jewellery. It was composed of a necklace, bracelets and other jewels. On the reverse of the diamond ornaments are tiny holes through which passed threads strung with garnet beads The set was formerly part of the Russian Imperial Collection. It was sold by the Bolshevik government after the Russian Revolution of 1917.

A handcrafted filigree crab box made for Catherine the Great, from a collection in The Heritage in St. Petersburg.

A handcrafted filigree crab box made for Catherine the Great, from a collection in The Heritage in St. Petersburg.

The Imperial Diamond Necklace that belonged to the Russian Empress Catherine the Great

The Imperial Diamond Necklace that belonged to the Russian Empress Catherine the Great

Necklace of diamonds. Originally made for Catherine the great! with the diamond bow added later.

Necklace of diamonds. Originally made for Catherine the great! with the diamond bow added later.

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