Last week we discussed Empress Maria Feodorovna’s Russian Field Diadem. If you recall, it was sold by the Soviets and never reappeared in public again; most likely it is lost to history. You can catch a glimpse of the tiara in this 1926 British Pathé video.
In the early 1980s Soviet jewelers recreated the tiara for the Diamond Fund. It’s not an exact copy; you can see that the jewelers took liberties with the design as the tiara seems to be filled in a little more than the original. It may be a reproduction, but the tiara is completely set with natural diamonds. Another difference is that the center is set with a large yellow diamond. You’ll recall that the original tiara’s center was set with a sapphire.
I feel that the reproduction honors the spirit of the original and that the original owner, jewelry connoisseur, Empress Maria Feodorovna would approve.
What do you think of the reproduction?