Colored photo of the Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, my design made based on my photo of fireworks in the Versailles castle, France and Fabergé’s brooch made for the Russian Imperial Romanov family (circa 1905).
“The 14k rose and green gold presentation brooch, with a white guilloche enamel background and a sunburst pattern, bears the family’s Imperial coat of arms with the double eagle design, adorned with a central red ruby, 10 rose-cut diamonds and eight square-cut blue sapphires. The brooch is dated circa 1905, and has been attributed to Henry Wigstrom, the head Faberge workmaster responsible for many of the company’s legendary Imperial Easter eggs.”
The Russian jewelry House Fabergé was founded by Gustav Fabergé (1814-1893). His son, Peter Carl Fabergé (1846-1920) is the famous Russian jeweler who created the famous Fabergé Eggs (Easter eggs were made as gifts for the Tsars Alexander III and Nicholas II’s wives and mothers). He is considered as the jeweler of the Russian Tsars (Alexander III and Nicholas II. The Fabergé house closed in 1917, during the Russian revolution.
In 2007, the Fabergé House revived, 90 years after its disappearance in 1917. The name of Fabergé is redeemed under the blessing of Tatiana Fabergé (Great grand-daughter of Peter Carl Fabergé). The French jeweler Frédéric Zaavy is in charge of the creation. The brand innovates (watches, new designs…) but also perpetuates the art of Peter Carl Fabergé (Imperial collection, Easter eggs under different forms).
The Imperial Romanov family ruled Russia from 1613 to 1917. On the February 21th of 1613, Michael Romanov became Tsar of Russia (Tsar Michael I of Russia) and reigned until 1645. Nicholas II of Russia had been the last Tsar of Russia (1868-1917).
Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra had six children : Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia Nikolaevna and Alexei Nikolaevich.
During the Russian revolution, from 1905 to 1917, Tsar Nicholas II and his family lived in the Alexander Palace, near to Saint Petersburg. In 1917, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia abdicated. Then, they were send to Tobolsk, in Siberia. The Emperor Nicholas II and his family (wife and children) were murdered in the night of 16 July 1918 and 17 July 1918 by the Bolsheviks under the orders of Lenine. The murder took place in the Villa Ipatiev in Ekaterinburg (Siberia).
Two years later, a rumour said that the daughter : the Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia (1901-1918) escaped from the massacre. In 1920, a woman claimed to be the Grand Duchess Anastasia. Neither the Anastasia’s mother Alexandra Feodorovna nor the Anastasia’s aunt Irene of Prussia recognized this woman. This woman was an usurper, in reality she was named Franziska Schanzkowska. She was known famously as Anna Anderson. Other women pretended to be Anastasia.
The Anastasia’s fate and mystery inspired cinema (movie directed by Anatole Litvak in 1956 starring Ingrid Bergman and Yul Brynner and Disney movie of 1997.