Династия

Династия

D  •  51,38 ct  •  VVS1
The Dynasty is the largest polished diamond with the best clarity characteristics throughout the Russian jewelry history. A round brilliant-cut diamond, Triple Excellent, D, VVS1, is a masterpiece of Russian polishers.

Peter I and the Romanovs

The Russian jeweler's art saw tremendous changes in the 17th century. Peter I, who guided Russia towards Europe, also changed the habits of people. Apart from new clothing fashion, balls and assemblies created a market for jewelry. Russia was proclaimed to be Empire, and the crowning ceremonial was replaced by a solemn coronation ceremony. Since it requires proper arrangement and decoration, Peter the Great ordered Russian craftsmen to create the first Imperial Crown of Russia

For the first time in history, Peter I established state supervision over the jewelry industry and launched the development of diamond deposits. Early in the 18th century, the first cutting and polishing factory was created in Peterhof by his Imperial Edict. A few years later, such factories already operated in Yekaterinburg and Altai. Russian jewelers supplied golden jewelry with diamonds, pearls and gemstones not only to the Russian Imperial Court, but to England, France, Italy and the Austrian Empire as well.

Dynasties

The Romanov-era great Imperial Court sparkled with an abundance of diamonds. One of the evidences is left by the famous French traveler Astolphe de Custine in his notes on the visit to Russia: “Ladies’ jewelry and gemstones shone with a magical light among all the treasures of Asia that covered walls of the cathedral where the royal luxury seemed to compete with the greatness of God.”

Many of the jewelry masterpieces of that period were created by orders of the representatives of the most famed family dynasties of the Russian Empire, who had a huge impact on the development of the Russian jewelry industry. The most famous of them were Count Pyotr Sheremetev, Count Grigory Orlov, Minister of Foreign Affairs in the office of a Chancellor Mikhail Vorontsov, and Counselor of the Catherine the Great Nikolai Yusupov.

179 ct rough diamond

The Romanovs, a unique 179-carat rough diamond, was recovered from Nyurbinskaya kimberlite pipe in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) on October 9, 2015.

The rough diamond was cut and polished by the most skilled and experienced craftsmen from DIAMONDS ALROSA. They completed their work in March 2017.

All in all, they took a year and a half to manufacture the diamonds.

The Romanovs rough diamond was recovered from Nyurbinskaya kimberlite pipe some 200 km northwest of Nyurba town and 320 km northeast of Mirny town.
In November 2015, experts started cutting and polishing of the main diamond in the collection. Sergey Timonin, a highest category jeweler with thirty years of experience in the jewelry business, was in charge of the work. The tension was so great that the Company’s management put him on leave several times.
The whole collection was sent to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), where it was certified and the characteristics were confirmed. Less than 1% of diamonds in the world have such characteristics as color D and clarity VVS1. And such characteristics of polished diamonds obtained from one rough diamond are an exceptional case.
For the first time the collection was on display in summer 2017 at the Faberge Museum in the Shuvalov Palace for a narrow group of connoisseurs and experts. One of the best in the world, the Faberge Museum collection contains pieces of art that belonged to the imperial family and other monarchic courts of Europe.
First display of the collection for registered auction participants. 13-19 September 2017 the collection will be demonstrated during Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair. To submit a bid please fill in a form “Register to bid”
Sheremetev
Weight
16,67 ct
Shape
ROUND
Color
D
Clarity
VVS1
The Sheremetev Dynasty
Count Pyotr Sheremetev was a companion of Peter I and a senator under Catherine the Great. One of the richest men of his time, he was able to afford any jewelry. Nevertheless, the Count placed numerous orders with Russian jewelry houses, highly appreciating the skill of Russian jewelers.
Orlov
Weight
5,05 ct
Shape
OVAL
Color
D
Clarity
VVS1
The Orlov
Dynasty
Famous gifts of the Empress Catherine II to her favorite Count Grigory Orlov, a senator who was one of the originators of the Hermitage and the Imperial Public Library, adorn collections of national museums worldwide. But the favorite’s major gift to the Empress, the Orlov diamond, adorned the Imperial Scepter and the coat of arms of the country.
Vorontsov
Weight
1,73 ct
Shape
PEAR
Color
D
Clarity
VVS1
The Vorontsov Dynasty
Building relationship with foreign ambassadors was among the key priorities of the department of foreign affairs. At all farewell audiences diplomats received memorable gifts, order and manufacture of which was supervised by the head of the department, the chancellor of the Russian Empire Count Mikhail Vorontsov.
Yusupov
Weight
1,39 ct
Shape
OVAL
Color
D
Clarity
VVS1
The Yusupov Dynasty
The renowned collection built by many generations of the Yusupovs made an indelible mark on the history of Russia. More than 8,000 items made of precious metals and stones are kept in the State Hermitage Museum. Prince Nikolai Yusupov, the patron of arts and sciences, advisor to Catherine II and Nicholas I, started this collection.

November 2017

Auction for the sale of the Dynasty diamond and four orbit stones
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