Prince Amedeo - Hufflepuff
Duchess of Windsor diamond Prince of Wales plume brooch purchased at auction in 1987 by Elizabeth Taylor
Historical images of lost Russian royal jewels rediscovered.
Four unique photos of undocumented Russian Crown Jewels have been discovered in the Geological Survey Library in America. The images are featured in the 1922 “Russian Diamond Fund” album uncovered in the library’s rare book collection.
What makes the newly discovered photos so special is that they are not included in the official documentation of the Russian Crown Jewels, “Russia’s Treasure of Diamonds and Precious Stones,” published in 1925 and considered the most complete inventory of the Russian Crown Jewels.
“These images are unique representations of a bygone era taken at a key moment for Russia, buried in quiet bookshelves for almost a hundred years, then rediscovered to add one more tiny but important part to the infinite puzzle of history,” USGS librarian Jenna Nolt explained.
USGS librarians are trying to trace their history with assistance from experts from across the world. More.
The Zenalde Sapphire Egg pendant locket. One of the three egg pendants designed by Faberge, named after Princess Zenalde Yusupov who was a favourite of the Russian Imperial Family.
Diamond and pearl necklace previously owned by Maria Fyodorovna of Russia
Grand Duchess Marie-Adelheid of Luxembourg, 1914.
Brooch made of emerald, ruby and diamonds created by Cartier for Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor. Dubbed as one of the most sensational love affairs of the 20th century, King Edward VIII surrendered his throne in 1936 as precluded by constitution that prevented him from marrying a divorcee who was not widowed. He and Wallis Simpson married in 1937.