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State Diamond Fund (Алмазная Палата) (Moscow)

 State Diamond Fund (Алмазная Палата) (Moscow)

 

 

 

Tel. 629 2036

Open: 10am- 1pm, 2pm- 5pm Fri- Wed

 

 

 

 

 

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Description of the State Diamond Fund

State Diamond Fund holds the rooms on the first floor of the State Armoury. State Diamond Fund was found in 1719 by Russian Emperor Peter I to store important government documents as well as valuables including items made of diamonds, gold and other state jewellery. Originally all valuables of Moscow Kremlin Diamond Fund were placed in a single chest box that was put inside a bigger one, which in turn was put inside another one. On significant days three noblemen came inside State Diamond Fund and opened three chests with three separate keys that they kept. State Diamonds didn't actually belong to the Romanov (or Romanoff) Dynasty that ruled Russian from 1613 to 1917. Instead the rented their jewellery from the government. During World War I most of state jewellery was moved from Russian capital of Saint Petersburg to Moscow for safekeeping. Soon thereafter capital was moved here as well. Newly established Soviet government sold many of items between 1927 and 1933 to support massive industrialization of the country. Many jewels were lost including eggs of Faberge, precious stones and many others. In 1967 State Diamond Fund was opened to the public on the regular bases. It houses some of the most precious stones, crowns and personal items that once belonged to the Romanov Imperial family and aristocracy.

 

 

 

 


 

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