Treasures of the Diamond Fund
The exhibition Diamond Fund is located in the building of the armory on the Kremlin site and is a very special point in your program. The core of the diamond fund are the 18.-19. created monarch regalia. Among the exhibits are also magical diamonds, each with its own history, sometimes bloody. This is a spectacular exhibition of historical valuables and jewelery - all masterpieces of jewelery. The beauty of the exhibited exhibits made of glittering diamonds, emeralds and topazes is indescribable. We invite you to visit one of the biggest projects in Russian history!
A temporary exhibition of the Diamond Fund was opened at the premises of the Armory Chamber on November 2, 1967 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Soviet state. On this occasion it was decided to show the exhibition to guests who came to Moscow for the celebrations. It was intended that the unique exhibits will be on display for a year and then they were to be returned for storage in the Gokhran. But the exhibition became a major event in the cultural life of the country and turned out to be such a success that the government decided to make it permanent.
The Diamond Fund is a unique collection of historical artefacts, jewelry items, rare specimens of precious stones, gold and platinum nuggets. This is one of the few treasuries in the world, which keep the crown jewels. Its history begins with the Decree of Peter the Great (1719), according to which a special room was provided for storage of "articles owned by the state". It was later named the Diamond Room and it was intended for state regalia, insignia and ceremonial jewelry worn by members of the royal family on special occasions. During the reign of the Romanov dynasty the treasury was enriched with jewels. A variety of items and jewelry richly decorated with precious stones was made during this period. The Russian court was characterized with splendor and magnificence, especially during the reign of Elizabeth and Catherine II. It was one of the most impressive royal courts in Europe. The best jewelers, such as J. Posier, father and sons Duval, L. Pfisterer, G. Eckart were invited to work for the court. They created works of fine jewelry, which are currently presented at the exhibition.
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Group gathering - On the square in front of the Kutafia Tower, next to the Manege building, 30 minutes before the excursion start time. The guide will have a red flag bearing the "Mos-Tour" logo in his hands.
The guide will have a red flag with «Mos-Tour» written on it.
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Meeting point is in front of the Kutafia tower (main entry to Kremlin).