The Governor's Mansion in Ekaterinburg is hosting the Emerald Room, a unique exhibit dedicated to emeralds (the Ural Mountains are rich with this precious gem). The exhibit which marks the 400th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty is being held in the Residence Gallery of the Governor of Sverdlovsk region, the former mansion of the merchant Tarasova.
The exhibition features 450 items from the Gokhran (State Precious Metals and Gems Repository of Russia), the Museum of Lapidary and Jewellery in Ekaterinburg, the Ural Geological Museum, the State Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg), the Kremlin Museum (Moscow) and private collections.
Among the exhibits are the first emeralds found in the 1830s, which were the property of Emperor Nicholas I. Fifteen pieces of rare emerald jewellery dating from the late 19th - early 20th century are also featured, including those of Carl Faberge and Ivan Khlebnikov. The exhibition runs until November 4th, 2013.
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 13 August, 2013