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Jewels of the Tsars: The Romanovs and Imperial Russia

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The worlds fascination with the Russian imperial family endures, and with this stunning book a new spotlight is added. "Jewels of the Tsars," the first book to examine the familys unparalleled collection, is illustrated with extraordinary photographs taken under special conditions at the Kremlins Diamond Fund, and accompanied by 18th- and 19th-century portraits and photogr ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published October 17th 2006 by Vendome Press (first published September 1st 2006)
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Lora
May 29, 2016 Lora rated it really liked it
Glorious photography and more that exhibits the art of Russian nobility jewelry, their exquisite portraits, and more. Just a rich book to flip back and forth through.
Emily Von pfahl
Feb 11, 2016 Emily Von pfahl rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, but at the same time found it disturbing for a number of reasons. The first is how any group of people could possibly own that much jewelry (only a fraction of which was shown in the book). Also, how over the top most the jewels were. Then the was the disturbing fact that the whereabouts of a large portion of these fabulous jewels were either lost or dismantled and sold. And finally, I found it disturbing that family members bought the jewelry from those who managed t ...more
Wikki
Apr 10, 2015 Wikki rated it it was amazing
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Fascinating book. Beautiful photographs. Well-written mini history of the lives and jewelry of the Tsars and Tsarinas and life at court, from Catherine the Great to the ill-fated Nicholas II and Alexandra. Leaves the reader wanting to know more about these fascinating people, and of course, what happened to so many of these jewels?
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Mar 09, 2010 louisa added it
Paired with The Great Game, made an interesting contrast. Written by a descendant whose still royalty, so most definitely possessing a slant. Interesting how tsarinas and their dowry jewels were deployed as pr for the image of the endlessly rich and powerful tsar during the 19th century. Prince Michael cracks something like you can always tell if a royal house has a tsarina in their line by the quality of their jewels.
Lisa
Nov 11, 2013 Lisa rated it really liked it
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Wow.

The Russians really knew how to buy, wear and give jewels. This book is eye-candy of historical pieces, many that are lost to the world as they were most likely broken up before they were sold during the Russian revolution.

The author, being a family member and historian offered good background to the pieces and the owners fof the pieces. Wonderful pieces of art of the Russian royals are depicted throughout.

Amanda
Dec 26, 2012 Amanda rated it it was amazing
hell yeah ridiculous wealth that brought down a country what upppppp
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Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark, a/k/a Michel de Grèce (modern Greek spelling: Μιχαήλ της Ελλάδας) is a member of the Greek royal family and descendant of the Romanovs. He is the author of several historical novels and biographies, as well as a contributing writer to Architectural Digest.
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