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Princess Victoria Melita "Ducky" of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. Married twice: first to Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig "Ernie" of Hesse (brother to Alix and Ella) and second to Grand Duke Cyril Vladimirovich of Russia. She and Ernie had two children together, but neither lived to adulthood. She and Cyril had two daughters and a son together. (Maria, Kira, and Vladimir)

The Winter Egg was designed by Alma Pihl, working for Peter Carl Fabergé. Tsar Nicholas II presented it as an Easter gift for his mother, Tsarina Maria Feodorovna. The rock crystal, moonstone & platinum egg is studded w/1,660 rose-cut diamonds. The miniature "surprise" gold & platinum basket is also mounted w/1,378 diamonds & holds a bouquet of milk quartz flowers w/green garnet leaves. The price in 1913 was 24,700 rubles. It sold in 2002, for $ 9.6 million (US).

Great A video on the Romanovs from the 1990s

The Faberge Yussopov Egg of 1907

1894 Zinaida Yussupova by François Flameng ....Zinaida's son killed Rasputin

The first and only video of Yusopov with his wife on french tv.

Cigar case made between 1908-16 by Fedor Ruckert for Fabergé.

colorful domes of Russian churches

The last Romanov family picture at the 1903 ball before the Revolution.

Russian Color Photographs 1909 | Russia in Color, 1909-1912 | A Photography Blog

Purple Rolls-Royce of Tsar Nicholas II.

Pictured is the Vladimir Palace in the town of Tsarskoe Selo, 15 miles south of St. Petersburg. This palace belonged to Grand Duke Vladimir and his wife Maria Pavlovna. Grand Duke Vladimir was an uncle of Tsar Nicholas II.

Russian silver gilt and plique-a-jour enamel beaker,by Pavel Ovchinnikov, Moscow, c1900.

After Faberge issued his first flowers the fashion to collect them spread around, especially at the courts of Edward VII of England (due to his wife Alexandra) and Nikolay II (due to his wife Alix).

Three generations of Russian royalty at the military settlement of Krasnoe Selo in 1892, gathered for the summer manoeuvres.

Imperial Russian Art Nouveau Silver Egg, Moscow, 1890-95 | JV

Fabergé 1895 circa,Russian Miniature Mouse. Signed by Master Craftsman "Julius Rappoport". Silver and Rose-cut Diamond tail, beautiful quality ruby eyes set with 18k gold. Original Fitted Wooden Box.

THE ROMANOVS JEWELRY ~ Actually, the jewelry acquired (or taken, as some scholars believe) by Queen Mary from GD Xenia was not limited only by 1 tiara and 1 necklace. There were at least 7 jewelry items of unique quality and expensive price. On another opinion, Queen Mary got 1/3 of Marie Fedorovna's jewelry.

Emerald Le collier Romanov de Fabergé, Diamonds, Obviously Emeralds and White Gold, Quite the Defining Neckline.

THE ROMANOVS JEWELRY -- Empress Dowager Marie Feodorovna also owned two flower dress ornament setted of diamonds from the imperial vault, they were placed on the kokoshnik (and dress?). These flowers were made for Catherine the Great by the Court jeweller Louis David Duval, c 1760-70. Were sold by Christie's

THE AMETHYSTS OF CATHERINE II THE GREAT ~ In 1750 Russians found amethysts in The Urals. Some amethysts were used by jewelers to create jewels to Empress Elizabeth I and Grand Duchess Catherine (future CII). Catherine ordered two pairs of girandole earrings from Siberian amethysts, as the color was very fashionable. The Romanovs saved Catherine's jewelry but after Revolution, in 1927 The Bolsheviks sold these earrings to Mr SJ Philips for £135. He took them to The UK.

The sign of lady-of-waiting of Empress Alexandra, with its original bow. The sign is decorated by diamonds that was extremely rare in the courts of European monarchs. Ca 1825-1855

A recent picture of Alexander II's private dacha. Though the building was restored after sustaining severe damage from shelling during World War II, it was abandoned in 1980. It has fallen into an advanced state of delapidation. Plans are to restore it as a wedding palace by 2015. However, the building will remain outside of the confines of the Peterhof State Museum-Preserve. this marvelous building could be better served as part of the Peterhof State Museum-Preserve.

RUSSIAN FABERGÉ ATTRIBUTED HARDSTONE CARVING OF A GORILLA AND BABY, very detailed, eyes set with round brilliant-cut diamonds, not marked. In a lined and fitted beech wood presentation box with Cyrillic markings for Fabergé.