Ruby and Diamond Brooch - Neck Badge of the Order of St Anna - c. 1735 - Gold, Silver - Russian Imperial order of chivalry established by Karl Friedrich, Duke of Holstein-Gottorp, in honour of his wife Anna Petrovna, daughter of Peter the Great of Russia
The brooch belonged to The Romanovs (Paul I) since the century - gold, silver, diamonds & spinels. The biggest spinel was put into The Grand Imperial Crown of Russia. Kept by the Diamond Fund, The Kremlin, Moscow
Artemisia's Royal Jewels: Russian Royal Jewels Empress Maria Feodorovna (wife of Paul I) commissioned a diadem that would remind of the Russian fields. Duval Brothers created a diadem of oak and laurel leaves, bordered by sheaves of wheat.
This brooch is one of four jewels that appears in a 1922 volume called The Russian Diamond Fund, recently uncovered in the rare-book room of the U. Geological Survey Library in Reston, Va. The four pieces are no longer part of the Russian collection.
Russian buyer snaps up £2.7m decoration that was worn by the tsar