Without any research or scientific proof, I state that this bouquet is ‘the most expensive flower bouquet ever’. And I (and with me a lot of other Dutch people) watch this from a distance of about 20 centimeters or less than 8 inches away. With only a thin glass between me and this wonder of gemstones. Therefore I describe it to you, so you can enjoy it too.
Money, money, money, must be funny, in a rich man’s world
It looks like in the 18th century the Russian nobility has plenty of money. And one of the goals of those people is to look as mighty, as powerful and as rich as possible. They buy a lot, I mean a lot, of jewelry, decorated with very expensive gemstones. The average weight of the jewelry the Tsarina and her friends is about 2-3 kilo. And I don’t count the weight of the dresses and hairdos.
More than 800 diamonds in a flower bouquet
This brooch made in the shape of a flower bouquet is an order from Tsarina Elisabeth of Russia to the most important jeweler in St.Petersburg, Mr. Jérémie Pauzié. He is famous under the nobility and other rich people in Russia. He uses hundreds of diamonds and colored gemstones, and even fabric to make this beauty.
It is made of 400 brilliant-cut diamonds that form the hearts of the flowers and the leaves. More than 450 rose-cut diamonds are set around colorful gemstones, to let them shine more. Those gemstones are sapphires, garnets, rubies, chrysolites, emeralds, and topaz. They form the accents of the flowers and leaves.
He uses the diamonds also to make the less exquisite gems look better. Like garnet, agate, opal, turquoise, and onyx. And to accomplish it he adds a small gemstone insect on a branch of emerald. The leaves are made of fabric. And the base of the bouquet is silver.
Women wear brooches like this on their shoulders or on their belt. At the back of this brooch is a ‘hook’ to fasten the brooch. The vase is made to store this brooch in the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, where the brooch can be seen.
Gemstone insect on the gemstone flower brooch
Mr. Jérémie Pauzié
Mr. Jérémie Pauzié is a very famous and important Swiss jeweler. His clientele is the Tsars, the Russian nobility and important (and rich) people, like courtiers. Let us say, the rich and famous of the Russian Baroque (18th century). He is born in 1713 in Geneva and follows his father to St. Petersburg in 1726. He studies to cut diamonds there and in 1740 he starts his own business.
Pauzié is famous for his snuff boxes, his rings, jewelry, and medals. But above all Tsarina Elisabeth loves his jewelry and gives him plenty of business. He travels abroad to buy jewelry and findings or gemstones. AND he makes the famous crown for Tsarina Catherine the Great in 1762. His reputation is set.
Isn’t this a beautiful piece of art? OKE, it is expensive, but that is not telling the whole story. Since it is exquisite and beautiful.
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