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Azra Necklace, part of Russian crown jewels til 1873. 110 perfectly matched pearls w/a large round black pearl & a diamond cross pendant w/black pear shaped pearl called 'the Azra'. Empress Catherine II gave it to Potemkin 1783, inherited by his niece, Princess Tatania Youssoupoff. The family also owned La Pelegrina (both displayed together in exhibition of Russian art London 1935). Lydia Deterling later owned the Azra but lost it at Paris reception for Princess Margaret. It was never found.
Russian crown jewels for the coronation of Catherine the Great, Russian Crown Jewels, c. 1762-1796
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