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Empress Maria Alexandrovna Sapphire Brooch


Origin of name

The brooch gets its name from the Russian Empress Maria Alexandrovna, the empress consort of Czar Alexander II, Emperor of Russia (1855-81), who purchased the 260.37-carat enormous Sri Lankan (Ceylon) blue sapphire at the Great London Exhibition held in 1862…

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