Emeralds of Empress Ekaterina II of Russia. C. 1830. Gold, silver, emeralds, diamonds. Set consisting of an emerald and diamond necklace with matching earrings. Every generation of the family of the Marquis of Lothian has believed that the majority of these emeralds were given by the Empress Ekaterina II to their ancestor, the Earl of Buckinghamshire during his embassy to St. Petersburg 1762-1765.
1903 costume ball in the Winter Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia. Princess Zenaida Nikolaevna Yusupova in a boyarynya fancy dress on the fashion of the 17th centurу. Boyarynya is a noble woman in ancient Russia, a boyar's wife.