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Imperial Russian Jewelry and Gemstones.From: “Rex & Gabrielle Merten” email@example.com
Dear Susan Leonetti, The following three books would be very
useful, and would give you further directions in which to
research. You may have to go to libraries or pursue them through
the Internet second-hand book dealers. They may not be currently
“Peter Carl Faberge” by Henry Charles Bainbridge, published by
Spring Books in 1966 (originally by Batsford, London, 1949)
“Carl Faberge” by Kenneth Snowman, pub. Debrett, London, 1980
These are both excellent.
“Famous Diamonds” by Ian Balfour, pub. William Collins, London,
1987 This is surprisingly interesting for what it reveals about
the movement and changing ownership of these gems. Specifically
pages 45, and 77-80 would be useful, although there are many
other references throughout.
“The Art of Jewellery” by Graham Hughes, pub. Peerage Books,
London, 1972. Pp 218-222 are most relevant, although there are
further references in the very complete index (hey, I even rate a
I’m sure you’ll get lots more reference from the Orchidists.
Hope this helps. Lots of luck with the thesis, Rex from Oz
Dear Susan…I just saw a wonderful series on the Biography
Channel on FABREGE and his connection to the csars. The videos
could be purchased…or most likely (and easily) gotten thru the
library!! Hope this helps… crux
First of all think Faberge’. There is a wealth of information
on the The Faberge’ legacy.
Czar Alexander was known for his excess. Check his dynasty.
Then I believe it was Katherine’s Winter Palace that had rooms
made with Malachite walls…
(Next, here’s where a mother get’s to throw out that,
nonchalantly mind you, bits of otherwise irrelavent information
about her daughter.) My daughter is a senior majoring in Russian
Area Studies…with a minor in linguistics…I will forward your
email to her and see if she can help with some leads…Makes a
mother so proud.
From: “Brian Saynor” B.Saynor@silverland.freeserve.co.uk
Hi again Susan
Try this URL.
There is alot of Russian Art & Culture here.
From: “Kelvin Mok” firstname.lastname@example.org
I remember an old article in the National Geographic which
traced the history of Russian royalty including their crown
jewels. This included very beautiful color pictures of the
surviving crowns. The problem with Russian crowns was that
there was no formal Crown of State as one would find in the
British crown jewels (itself a fairly recent innovation) . A new
Tsar would dismantle the last Tsar’s crown and pick the best
jewels to make an entirely new crown for himself.
Ask your librarian to look up those NG issue(s).
Kelvin Mok (email@example.com)
Home: (780) 463-4099 | Home FAX: (780) 430-7120
From: “Rob & Charolette Purviance Jr.” firstname.lastname@example.org
hope this helps a little, term papers are the pits as far as I’m
concerned : )…Char
Hi, try getting about the Fabrege eggs, and the lore
and history of the gemstone alexanderite. It’s a start. deb
From: “LYNN K. WALL” email@example.com
Try the Borzoi Club of America, can be found on web, also
through the AKC site. Some of these people are collectors of
various artifacts of the Imperial Russia, and are quite knowlegeable. =
From: Teresa Masters firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan, I recently found several books on Russian Jewels at Barnes
and Nobles bargain racks. They included everything you need and
are both in English and Russian.
Bob Jones of Rock and Gem Magazine has a self narrated video on
Russian Treasures. That is available through the Magazine.
I have found a Russian Web Site dedicated to Bead work. Bet with
a good search engine you will find alot of what you need online.
From: “Lorraine” email@example.com
Try a WEB Search of Peter Carl Faberg=E9 or other reference
sources for Imperial Russian jewel work! His eggs were fabulous
and requested by the Czars! Try looking at
other sites that might help you out!
From: “Gail Selig” firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan, there was a great exhibit in Wilmington a few months ago
on the Royal Russian family, including their jewels… I’d check
out if any catalogues or books accompanied the exhibit (which I hear w=