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Catherine – The Great Ruler of Jewels
Catherine II, Empress of Russia, was well known for many things, particularly her sumptuous jewelry collection. Today, Catherine finds herself at the center of the extravagant TV series The Great on Hulu. A period drama focusing on the sometimes true story of Catherine the Great’s rise to power. Like many delightful period shows, The Great serves its fair share of beautiful costumes and breathtaking jewels. So, if you haven’t binged it, get ready for a feast to the eyes.
The Jewels on Hulu’s ‘The Great’
The jewels on the show are, in many cases, an authentic replica of Catherine’s collection. At one point, history tells she transformed an entire room at her palace to house her collection, calling it the Brilliant Room. And her jewels definitely sparkled. Here are some of the most dashing gems featured on the show.
The Orlov Diamond
Initially found in the 17th century in India, this breathtaking diamond weighed 190 carats! Grigory Orlov first bought it to rekindle his romance with Catherine. While Catherine received the present (obviously), she had already moved on. She then incorporated the stone into the Imperial Sceptre. Today, you can see the jewel on display in the Kremlin Armoury in Moscow.
We’ve seen this style of necklace one way or another on the red carpet. But, Catherine’s emerald collection was out of this world. Initially, the emerald was 107 cataracts and in a rectangular shape. After her death, the stone was passed down to generations. Eventually, the stone was sold to Cartier in the 1920s, who re-cut and re-mounted the stone. The last time the rock was seen was in a Christie’s auction where it sold for $4.3 million to a private collector.
The Diamond and Ruby Watch
A collector’s favorite, this diamond and ruby watch belonged to Catherine. Hanging from a diamond star, sunburst, and the key is a case with a ruby cipher for Catherine II with the imperial crown. The watch is currently on display at the Hillwood Estate museum.
These are just some of the most show-stopping pieces in her collection. The more jewels, the more power, and Catherine firmly believed in this. Keep up with Catherine’s jewels on The Great.
Geraldine Orentas is a writer from Happy Writers, Co.