Crown of the Empress, Russian Imperial Crown Jewels. Gold, silver, and diamonds. Was created by jeweler Zeftigen for the coronation of Empress Maria Alexandrovna. From the collection of the Diamond Fund of the USSR, Moscow, Russia.
The 1880s creation is made up of 15 intertwined diamond-set ovals. Pendant emeralds hang from the ovals, but they can be interchanged with pearls. Queen Elizabeth II now owns the tiara her grandmother purchased about 90 years ago.
The Great Imperial Crown, made in 1762 for the coronation of Catherine the Great. It is adorned with five thousand diamonds arranged in a splendid pattern of laurel wreaths and oak branches. The glitter of the diamonds is enhanced by two rows of gleaming pearls and the crown is topped by a huge red spinel, the second largest in the world, which weighs almost 400 carats.