Tuesday, December 15, 2009


Amsterdam Sauer makes the only replica of Peter II of Brazil's Imperial Crown
Peter the Second of Brazil's Imperial Crown was created in 1841, in Rio de Janeiro, for the consecration and coronation of the young Emperor, who was then 15 years old.
Some precious elements composing the Crown were part of the family heritage – the diamonds came from his father's crown (Peter I) and the pearls were part of his own heritage.
After the Proclamation of the Republic in Brazil, the Imperial Crown was guarded by the National Treasury, where it remained until 1943, when it was transferred to the then newly created Imperial Museum, in Petropolis.
Amsterdam Sauer was invited to make a replica of the Crown, a work of art which recreated even old goldsmith and cutting techniques, not used nowadays.
The manufacturing process of the piece took 18 months, involving artisanal work by master jewelers, fully committed to each step: cutting, setting, polishing, and mounting. It is composed of 2.77 kg of precious metal, 596 stones totaling 911.84 carats, and eighty 8-millimeter pearls.
The replica is on permanent display at the
Amsterdam Sauer Museum of Gemstones and Rare Minerals, in Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro.

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