For three centuries, from 1613 to 1917, the Romanov dynasty ruled Russia, expanded its boundaries, won wars, collected art, and amassed jewels both personally and for the state. It all came to a sticky end – and this is the bit that is most talked about, in the history of the Romanovs. Czar Nicholas II abdicated in 2017 and he and his family were executed at Yekaterinburg. Mystery surrounded the event and there were rumours for years that members of the family had survived until the two mass graves were found. Pieces of Romanov jewelry and other posessions are now turning up and being archived and conserved by The Foundation of Russian History.
The jewelry pieces below are offered by Romanov Russia, the Chicago-based company which began in 1998 by selling pre-1917 antiques and jewelry from Russia.
Ruby Diamond Cluster Ring Circa 1920s
From Romanov Russia c.1920s
Here’s one of the new arrivals from antique jewelry dealers, Romanov Russia, a delectable and classic diamond and ruby cluster ring, more often than not, put to use as an engagement ring. It’s a beautifully sparkly and intensely red coloured ruby there in the centre of the diamond cluster, a design that’s always exciting because it’s the gems are on simple and straightforward display, with no distractions.
A vintage 18K yellow gold cluster ring is centered with a natural oval cut ruby (7.1 x 5.7 x 4.25 mm, approximately 1.38 ct) surrounded by nine sparkling and extra bright white (D-E color) old mine cut diamonds. Estimated total diamond weight 1.35 ct. The ruby and diamond cluster measures 16 x 14 mm (5/8 x 9/16 in.). Ring size 6 (16 mm) re-sizable. (Text and image credit Romanov Russia)
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