Fabergé and the Romanovs: with Gareth Russell

In the latest episode of History Gems, Dr Nicola Tallis is joined by historian, author and playwright Gareth Russell to explore the history of the Romanovs and the stories behind some of the most famous pieces of jewellery of all time - the Fabergé Eggs. Nicola and Gareth go back to the 1885 when Emperor Alexander III, through the intermediary of his uncle, Grand Duke Vladimir, commissioned an Easter egg from Fabergé as an Easter present for his wife, Empress Maria Feodorovna. Initially planned by Fabergé to contain a diamond ring, the actual finished version, following specific instructions of the Emperor, included a ruby pendant of great value. Only 57 of the eggs remain, and according to Gareth only one looks like an actual egg. Which one is he talking about? You’ll have the listen to find out! For images of the jewels discussed in this episode, follow the podcast at @historygemspod on Twitter and Instagram.

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Welcome to History Gems, the podcast that follows historian and author Dr Nicola Tallis as she seeks to unpick the stories behind some of history's most famous and intriguing jewels. With a different expert on every episode, Nicola delves into a daring attempt to steal the Crown Jewels, the secrets of a supposedly cursed diamond, the creation of the world's most famous Easter eggs, and plenty more. Check out @historygemspod on social media to see pictures of each week's gems! Nicola's books include: Crown of Blood: The Deadly Inheritance of Lady Jane Grey Elizabeth's Rival: The Tumultuous Tale of Lettice Knollys, Countess of Leicester Uncrowned Queen: The Fateful Life of Margaret Beaufort, Tudor Matriarch Find her on social media: Twitter: @NicolaTallis Instagram: @historian_nicola