La Corona Imperial Rusa – The Russian Imperial Crown


Hoy hemos ido a hacer una visita bastante particular. Hemos ido a una joyería muy popular de la ciudad (Zolotaya Rus) en la que durante apenas unos días (del 30 de Mayo al 3 de Junio) estarán exhibiendo una réplica de la corona imperial rusa. La corona original fue usada desde la coronación de la emperatriz Catalina la Grande en 1762 hasta el fin del imperio ruso en 1917, durante el reinado del zar Nicolás II.

La corona original, de más de 4 kg de peso, llevaba casi 5000 diamantes y estaba completada por una enorme espinela roja de casi 400 quilates, una de las más grandes de la historia (nota: una espinela es un mineral compuesto por dos óxidos, en este caso de magnesio y de aluminio, la espinela roja lleva además cromo). Justo encima de la espinela, una cruz hecha con cinco diamantes remata la corona.

La réplica que hemos visto (en la foto) ha sido creada por expertos joyeros de Smolensk durante seis meses y utiliza materiales auténticos, un total de 11426 diamantes, con un peso total de 1930 quilates, y 74 perlas. En lugar de utilizar plata, la réplica está hecha de oro de 585 milésimas. En cierto sentido, la réplica ha sido más compleja de fabricar que la corona original.

La réplica está asegurada, según nos han informado, en 100 millones de dólares.

_DSC6133Today we went make a somewhat particular visit. We went to a very popular jewelry of the city (Zolotaya Rus) where, only for few days (from May 30 to June 3), they will be exhibiting a replica of the Russian Imperial Crown. The original crown was used from the coronation of empress Catherine the Great in 1762 until the end of the Russian Empire in 1917, during the rule of tsar Nicholas II.

The original crown, over 4 kg weight, wore almost 5000 diamonds and was completed with a huge red spinel of almost 400 carats, one of the largest in history (note: a spinel is a mineral comprised by two oxides, in this case magnesium and aluminum, but the red spinel has also chromium). Just above the spinel, a cross made by five diamonds rounded off the crown.

The replica we have seen (in the picture) was made by expert jewelers from Smolensk during six months and uses authentic materials, a total of 11426 diamonds, accounting for a weight of 1930 carats, and 74 pearls. Instead of silver, the replica is made of 585 gold. In a certain way, the replica has been more complex to manufacture than the original crown.

The replica is insured, as they have informed us, in 100 million dollars.

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