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The Treasure Gallery, one of the most interesting collections of the Hermitage, got its name in the 18th century during the reign of Catherine the Great. It consists of two sections.
The first, called the Gold Rooms has works from Eurasia, the Black Sea Littoral in antiquity, and the Orient. It consists of around 1,500 works made from gold and dating from the 7th century B.C. to the 19th century A.D.
The main idea of the second section, which is called the Diamond Rooms, is to show the development of the jeweler's craft over the course of mankind's many centuries of history from the third millennium B.C. to the start of the 20th century.
The manner in which the jewellers’ art formed in St Petersburg differed from that seen in many Russian and European artistic centres. A host of national artistic schools co-existed in the city, interacting and complementing each other. As well as the Russian gold- and silversmiths who moved to the new capital from Moscow, many craftsmen from various corners of Europe worked in St Petersburg. Works by such foreign jewellers make up a considerable part of the Hermitage collection.
The heyday of jewellery production in St Petersburg came in the second half of the 18th century and is associated with the names of such highly skilled masters as Jérémie Pauzié, Jean-François Xavier Bouddé, Johann Gottlieb Scharff, Jean-Pierre Ador and the Théremin brothers. At that time there was an exceptional upsurge in demand for the jewellers’ wares. The imperial court and Russian aristocracy commissioned refined luxury items: watches and clocks, bouquets, rings, brooches and snuffboxes, the fashion for which endured in Russia for over a century. The traveller William Coxe, who visited St Petersburg in 1778, observed that the wealth and opulence of the Russian court exceeded the most luxurious descriptions. In it traces of the old Asiatic splendour mingled with European refinement.
In the 19th century many jewellers continued to follow contemporary trends and a new peak in the jewellers’ art in St Petersburg is associated with Carl Fabergé and his workshop.
Note! This excursion should be a part of Private Hermitage Tour
- Group excursions to The Treasure Gallery - Diamond rooms are being organized according to set schedule that is being announced 10am daily. So make sure you are flexible during the day to make sure you make it to the tour. We advise you plan to spend the whole day at the Hermitage.
- Private (1-15 people in a group) visit to The Treasure Gallery - Diamond rooms has to be pre-booked 1 month prior to your visit and can't be cancelled (100% no refund) after confirmed. If tour is confirmed we usualy know the time of your private tour 7-10 days prior to your visit.
- Group excursion - EUR 30 per person
- Private excursion - EUR 300 per group
Note! Price to The Treasure Gallery expositions does not include admission to Hermitage.
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