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In 2019 the Hermitage Amsterdam celebrated its tenth anniversary. The second of two anniversary exhibitions is Jewellery! The Glitter of the Russian Court.
From 14 September 2019 to 15 March 2020 the second jubilee show sparkles and glitters in the rooms of the Hermitage Amsterdam. It presents just a small fraction of the glorious precious jewellery that once belonged to Russian royalty, aristocracy and the elite. Romanovs and Yusupovs wore some of these diamonds and pearls, rubies and emeralds, here presented alongside portraits of some of the glamorous individuals who owned them.
From the press release:
One of the Hermitage’s greatest treasures is the fabulous jewellery collection. Hundreds of them superbly sparkle in Jewels! Together with many portraits and a profusion of richly decorated gowns and ensembles once worn by the highest echelons at the Russian court in St Petersburg, they represent two centuries in fashion and jewels. Meet the country’s flamboyant empresses – Anna, Elizabeth and Catherine the Great – as well as grand dukes and duchesses, tsarinas and noble fashionistas of the nineteenth and early twentieth century. For balls and parties they wore dazzling costumes, set off by bijoux carefully selected to demonstrate identity, taste, breeding and wealth. Jewellery might also be designed to provoke or convey secret messages. Pieces were ordered from leading houses like Cartier, Tiffany and – of course – Fabergé, special supplier to the Imperial Crown. Many pieces were lost following the Russian Revolution. Jewels! presents a glittering array of surviving masterpieces, situated in ballrooms and boudoirs like those of the tsars’ Winter Palace.
Go to the Hermitage Amsterdam website for more details.