Marie Betteley was born in Paris and is a third generation jewelry dealer. She grew up in a world of Russian treasures, having spent her teenage years on the grounds of Hillwood Museum in Washington, DC, as the director? daughter. Marie earned a BA in Art History and Graduate Gemologist diploma from the Gemological Institute of America. Marie? professional career began at Christie? auction house in New York where she worked as gemologist, and eventually rose to head of the Russian Department. After ten years at Christie?, Marie launched her own business by opening a gallery in Manhattan specializing Russian jewels. Today, she is a leading authority of Imperial Russian decorative arts and jewelry, and consults for auction houses, museums and private collectors worldwide.

David Schimmelpenninck van der Oye is a professor of Russian history at Brock University in Ontario, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. A leading specialist of the imperial era, he is the author of?Toward the Rising Sun?and?Russian Orientalism, among other titles.

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