A rare look at the exquisite world of Russian treasures that lies beyond Faberg? Imperial Russia evokes images of a vanished court? unparalleled splendor: magnificent tiaras, gem-encrusted necklaces, snuff boxes and other diamond-studded baubles of the tsars and tsarinas. During that time, jewelry symbolized power and wealth, and no one knew this better than the Romanovs. The era marked the high point of the Russian jewelers?art. Beginning with Catherine I? reign in 1725, in the century when women ruled Russia, until the Russian Revolution of 1917, the imperial capital? goldsmiths perfected their craft, and soon the quality of Russia? jewelry equaled, if not surpassed, the best that Europe? capitals could offer. Who created these jewels that helped make the Russian Court the richest in Europe? Hint: it wasn? Carl Faberg? This is the first systematic survey in any language of all the leading jewelers and silver masters of Imperial Russia. The authors skillfully unfold for us the lives, histories, creations, and makers?marks of the artisans whose jewels and silver masterworks bedazzled the tsars. The previously unheralded names include Pauzi? Bolin, Hahn, Koechli, Seftigen, Marshak, Morozov, Nicholls & Plincke, Grachev, Sazikov, and many others. The market for these exquisite masterworks is also explored, from its beginnings to today? auction world and collector demand. More than 600 stunning photos reacquaint the world with the master artisans and their creations.

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. mariebetteley.com

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. www.russianhistory.ca

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