History of Russian Crowns
It’s all about the Benjamins
The Romanov Dynasty ruled for over 300 years from 1613 to 1917 and the beginning of the crown jewels all started with the first Romanov tsar, Michael Fyodorovich.
Tsar Michael I at his coronation wore the Monomakh’s Cap, Boris Gudonov’s scepter and golden orb.
According to Wikipedia: “Monomakh’s Cap is an early 14th-century gold filigree skullcap composed of eight sectors, elaborately ornamented with a scrolled gold overlay, inlaid with precious stones (ruby and emerald) and pearls, and trimmed with sable. The cap is surmounted by a simple gold cross with pearls at each of the extremities.” Source
The next crown was Imperial Crown commissioned by Catherine the Great in the 1760s. I think this is the crown that we all think of when we think of Russian regalia. It’s SO GORGEOUS! And diamonds, so many diamonds! 4936 to be exact! The red spinel “ruby” was 398.72 carats, believed to be the second largest in the world!
Check out this video of the replica of the Imperial Crown!!!!
There are a couple more I wanted to show you because I wish I had been able to wear them for my wedding! These are the nuptial crowns.
The nuptial tiara
and the nuptial crown!
They were worn together go give us this look.
|Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna (1882-1957, granddaughter of Alexander II) and Prince Nicholas of Greece on their wedding day, 1902 SOURCE|
You’d think she’d be a BIT happier with all that bling, don’t you think? Ha!
Anyways, I learned quite a bit about the crowns in Russian history and click the source links to learn more! Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom to win an Advanced Reader’s Copy of The Crown’s Fate by Evelyne Skye!
About the Book
The gorgeous and darkly compelling sequel to The Crown’s Game—perfect for fans of Red Queen and Shadow and Bone.
Magic is growing, shadows are rising, and the throne is at stake…
Russia is on the brink of great change. Pasha’s coronation approaches, and Vika is now the Imperial Enchanter, but the role she once coveted may be more difficult—and dangerous—than she ever expected.
Pasha is grappling with his own problems—his legitimacy is in doubt, the girl he loves loathes him, and he believes his best friend is dead. When a challenger to the throne emerges—and with the magic in Russia growing rapidly—Pasha must do whatever it takes to keep his position and protect his kingdom.
For Nikolai, the ending of the Crown’s Game stung deeply. Although he just managed to escape death, Nikolai remains alone, a shadow hidden in a not-quite-real world of his own creation. But when he’s given a second chance at life—tied to a dark price—Nikolai must decide just how far he’s willing to go to return to the world.
With revolution on the rise, dangerous new magic rearing up, and a tsardom up for the taking, Vika, Nikolai, and Pasha must fight—or face the destruction of not only their world but also themselves.
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