The Pearls of Russian Women
In the seventeenth century, Russia has not extracted gold or silver yet. But every Russian woman wore pearls: pearls on her dress, pearls on hats, shoes, tissues. Russia was a country of pearls. In the seventeenth century - the pearl was found in 150 rivers. " There are provinces, like Nizhny Novgorod, where every woman had around her neck, on the headdress from 200 to 300 and sometimes up to thousands of real pearls."
Sometimes, in the paintings of the 19st century classics, you can see the most common Russian women - peasant or boyaryshnya (rich woman), in beautiful headgear decorated with pearls, pearls, pearls, pearls threads - big, white, very beautiful, like Russian women in the North.
Foreigners were stunned by the abundance of pearls in Russia. In the nineteenth century, Baron August von Haxthausen, after examining the treasure of the Trinity-Sergio Lavra, exclaimed: " It is difficult to count pearls on the images and tools of the Trinity,". Pearls were collected from the rivers. This carefree peach eventually completely broke out the pearl.
Freshwater pearls were cheap: for 60 fine pearls paid 13 Altyn (Russian silver coins, 1 altyn equivalent to three kopek silver). A woman in pearls was a true source of inspiration for poets and artists.
In the image of the Virgin and the saints they painted only the faces and hands, but the same dress was covered in gold, or entirely with pearls and precious stones. Maybe the amount of pearls in the Trinity of Lavra is greater than the rest of Europe. " (Baron August von Haxthausen)
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