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The Yussupovs / Re: Who could play the Yusupovs in a movie?
« on: March 16, 2008, 09:47:18 AM »
Personally, I would cast Jared Leto.

Alexandra Feodorovna / Re: Alexandra's Personal World
« on: August 11, 2007, 09:47:49 AM »
The emerald "Faberge collar" isn't.  It is a plastron or stomacher.  The emerald collar, with pearls and diamonds, made by Faberge in 1895 or so, and made quite hurredly, was in the old Russian style, with a large central circular ornament with a similar pendant and strings and rows and clusters of diamonds, emeralds and pearls leading from there to the clasp at the back.  it was quite a spectacular piece. 

I believe there is a picture of it in Snowman's tome on Faberge. 

The Imperial Family / Re: Imperial Family Jewels
« on: May 18, 2007, 10:22:57 AM »
I don't know if there was a separate list or not.  There have been two tiaras that were presumed to have come from the Dowager Empress's estate. I know that one was actually made for Queen Mary herself and was not part of the Empress's collection.  I believe that that other one was, however.  Certainly, I have heard nothing to the contrary.

The Imperial Family / Re: Imperial Family Jewels
« on: May 17, 2007, 10:05:47 PM »
Not listed on the Hennel's list, but apparently purchased from the Dowager Empress's estate was a choker in diamonds that could separate into two diamond bracelets, a tiara with a sapphire, a pair of sapphire earrlings, an oval brooch with three drops and another sapphire brooch.

There may have been some others.

I don't see them on the Hennel's list, however, so I would assume that they were privately purchased. 

The Imperial Family / Re: Imperial Family Jewels
« on: May 17, 2007, 11:00:44 AM »
In reply to the question of the acquamarine tiara, Empress Alexandra had such a tiara with matching necklace and earrings.  I suspect that is the tiara in question.

With respect to the Empress Marie's jewels, Queen Mary purchased some that were not on that list of jewels. Therefore, it would seem that some were sold privately and not through Hennels. 

The Windsors / Re: Windsor Jewels Part 5
« on: March 11, 2007, 11:58:43 AM »
If anyone had read the Ebay listing thoroughly, the ads did state something to effect that they were in the style of the late Duchess, not that they were the Duchess's property at any point, or even made for her. 

The jewels were quite lovely oni their own merits, but were definately not from the late Duchess' collection, merely inspired by those wonderful jewels.

Hope that clears matters up.

Nicholas II / Re: Nicholas II was Unprepared to Rule. Why?
« on: September 15, 2006, 06:06:43 PM »
Fortunately, I don't fall under the category of "vast majority" on this board and would have not been subject to shock, horror or outrage by the Imperial Family.

However, it is easy to look back and state with absolutely conviction that something different should have been done.  Had Nicholas been able to look back, as we can, he would likely have been as condeming of himself as anyone.  He was an honest man. 

My point is that in doing what he thought right, in doing the best he could under the circumstances of his personality, birth, station, education and the circumstances that faced him, we should not be unduly harsh.  If we were to measure only by accomplishment, then the "vast majority" would likely not escape hanging, so to speak. 

I simply sought to point out that Nicholas has been condemned by people far removed from the time, the place, who have knowledge he did not have, hindsight he did not have, the benefit of education and, in many cases, training that he did not have and that, in light of those elements, a little understanding and fairness should be extended to him. 

It was pointed out that the same maelstorm that swept through Russia swept through most of the world, to a greater or lesser degree, a world changed before it was ready to change and the fate of Russia, and of Nicholas II, was as much due to the times as the efforts and actions of one man.

Nicholas II / Re: Nicholas II was Unprepared to Rule. Why?
« on: September 15, 2006, 10:33:59 AM »
Nicholas is more often condemned for what he wasn't than praised for what he was. 

When it was said that he would have been a much loved King of England because of his qualities, that is true.  He was kind.  He was brave.  He was thoughtful.  He was compassionate. 

His shortcomings were obvious, but more in the sense of the time and place in which he was born, rather than being flaws in themselves.  We cannot always choose who and what we are.  We all face making decisions and living our lives to the best of our abilities and beliefs.  How many can say that they have never made a mistake, or misjudgment?  How many amongst us can say that we have always done what we "should" have done?

Nicholas made mistakes.  Mistakes borne from the very fine qualities he possessed. 

Nicholas was a loving man who loved his family, his country and genuinely tried to do the best he could.  If that was not sufficient, or if the results didn't work as intended, that is not entirely his fault.

If a man has no legs, we would not expect him to run a four minute mile.  We would admire him for running the race in his chair, or on crutches, for doing the best he could with what he had to work with.

Nicholas II should be extended that very same courtesy.

The Alexander Palace / Re: Alexandra's Balcony
« on: September 15, 2006, 10:24:56 AM »
I dislike the heat as I get quite nauseas when the mercury climbs too high.  The cold weather, however, is one that makes me feel quite alive and good.  I love being in it and, as I have some lung problems, find that the cold is wonderful for the congestion. 

Perhaps the Empress felt the invigoration of the cold offset the almost cloying atmosphere and resulting malaise within the palace.  I can vouch for the fact that the cold air can make one feel so alive!

Also, being English, fresh air was considered to be healthy as I was growing up and the Empress was English in so many of her aspects that I would suspect that there was the belief on her part that the colder air would be beneficial to her and her own health.

The Tudors / Re: Tudor Palaces
« on: August 11, 2006, 02:03:22 PM »
Don't forget the palaces of Elsyng, Eltham and there is one starting with "R" that escapes me just now....Ryerston? Something like that. Rycote! That was it.  There was also Nonsuch, Much Hadam, Tickenhill, Bridewell and a few others.

Tsarskoe Selo Palaces / Re: Lower Palace. A guide. 1932.
« on: June 07, 2006, 08:50:54 AM »
The reason for the twin beds is quite simple.  It allows for each side to be individual in terms of the hardness of the mattress.  Further, there is less motion transferrance.  By having the two sides of the bed separate, the Imperial couple could sleep in respective comforts, but still together.  Nicholas was up earlier than the Empress and he could do so without disturbing her, which would not be as easy to accomplish if they had one mattress.

Nicholas II / Re: Personal Attributes of Nicholas II
« on: November 11, 2005, 11:11:41 AM »
I don't think that is it.  Certainly, that isn't 7 hours of work, as HIM claimed it took.  

Alexandra Feodorovna / Re: Alix's Engagement and Wedding
« on: November 11, 2005, 10:40:55 AM »
There is an excellent picture of the Empress holding Alexei as a baby and her right hand clearly displays a lovely pearl ring.  The clearest version of the picture that I have seen is in the Tsar's Jewel Album.  If I can, I will try to scan it and post it.  

Alexandra Feodorovna / Re: Re: Empress Alexandra Photos
« on: October 12, 2005, 09:09:30 AM »
Actually, that isn't the tiara that she is wearing.  I have a picture of the correct one and I will try to post that in the next day or so.  

Palaces in St. Petersburg / Re: How Many Palaces?
« on: October 11, 2005, 09:10:31 AM »
There were the palaces in the Kremlin.  There was Spala.  There were a number of smaller estates and palaces scattered here and there throughout the country, from the little lodge in Finland, to the palace in Kiev etc.  However, some of those were maintained by the respective cities.  Imperial finances were rather complex.

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