The Jewels of the Romanovs
Family & Court
- ISBN 9780500517062
- 32.00 x 24.00 cm
- With 337 illustrations in colour and black and white
- First published 2013
Revised and expanded edition published to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the founding of the Romanov dynasty
‘A visual treat as well as a fascinating read’ – The Jewellery Editor
The Romanovs ruled Russia from 1613 to 1917, when the Revolution brought their reign to an abrupt end. The late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries were a time of elegance and extravagance for the tsars and the wealthy families with whom they were linked by marriage, and nowhere are these lavish tastes more apparent than in the imperial jewels.
Every jewel tells a story. Through his extensive research, Stefano Papi has spent years unravelling the mysteries of Russian imperial jewelry. He has identified pieces with little or unknown provenance, and uncovers the fascinating stories behind the jewels and the people who wore them. He takes us through the golden years, and – after the Revolution – he follows the survivors of the Romanov line, and their jewelry, in European courts and in Paris, where many exiles sought refuge.
Stefano Papi, a Graduate Gemologist of the Gemological Institute of America, has worked as Senior European Specialist in the jewelry departments of both Sotheby’s and Christie’s. He has written several books, including Stage Jewels and Jewellery of the House of Savoy, and is co-author with Alexandra Rhodes of 20th Century Jewelry and the Icons of Style.