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Re: Sapphire of Marie Feodorovana
Thank you Ashdean thatís the memory jog I needed!
That lady was Countess Brassova the morganatic wife of the last Tsar's brother Michael
I suspect but I may be wrong that the jewels that were dismantled came mainly from the vast amount of aristocratic ones from the bank seizures.
There is this fabulous story, I canít remember whom, of an aristocratic lady who went to her bank after all accounts and safet deposit boxes had been appropriated but not yet opened.
She told the bank staff the government had asked her to provide them with documents that were in her safety deposit. The majority of the staff, still very old school, and believing her instructions gave her the box and the standard private room. She then opened the box she took put all her jewels put them in her muff and then left the bank promptly followed by the country.