When one speaks of treasure I suppose there are a number of images that can come to mind: pirates, gold mines, treasure chests, diamond necklaces. A king’s gold crown with lots of diamonds would capture the imagination of most of us. King Solomon and King David in the Old Testament probably had a cool crowns. I often think of the Kings of England as having showy and pricey crowns. However, it is the crowns of Imperial Russia, the Czar’s crowns, as probably being the most elaborate. The Great Imperial Crown above was made for the coronation of Catherine II in 1762. The red gem at the the top weighs almost 400 carats. The rest of the crown has over 5,000 diamonds.
The Imperial Orb was also made for Emperess Catherine II. The blue sapphire weighs 47 carats. The crowns made for the Czar’s dynasty were quite obviously some the best crafted the world has ever known. The chances of ever finding a lost crown of one of the Czar’s is only fantasy. I included the Czar’s crown as one of the treasures to be captured while playing the game Treasure Trove because the idea of ever finding a lost crown would indeed be something.
Below is part of the game board for Treasure Trove where I placed Czar’s Crown