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Nikolay II and Alexandra Feodorovna with their signatures, c 1897. The frame was produced by The House of Faberge in 1908 from enamel and silver. Kept in The Diamond Fund of Russia.


A Prince, Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker of the Kiev Near Caves (12th century) left his family to become a monk. He worked in the monastery's kitchen, served as gatekeeper, and grew a garden around his cell; also, he funded two churches in the area. Saint Nicholas was the first Russian prince to accept monasticism; his brothers ridiculed him, and his doctor told him fasting had weakened him. Saying this the doctor fell ill and was only cured by the saint's prayers. (Oct 14)


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Russian Great Imperial Crown, first worn by Catherine the Great; the diamond-encrusted crown holds the second largest spinel in the world, a red spinel weighing 398.72 carats.


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Infinite energy...

*Correction: Located and advocated for a free, earth-friendly, non-global-warming-causing source of power, but the government stopped him b/c they wouldn't make enough money if power were free.


Dedicated on 11/11/11 at 11:11 Am. The Anthem Veterans Memorial in Anthem Arizona was funded mostly by donations:

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The Quick 10: 10 Faberge Egg Surprises

FABERGÉ~ ROSEBUD EGG~ 1895. Imperial Fabergé Egg No. 11. A gift from Tsar Nicholas II to Empress Alexandra Feodorovna. The surprise is a yellow enamelled rosebud, which originally contained two more surprises: a diamond replica of the Imperial crown with a cabochon ruby pendant suspended inside. The crown and pendant have been lost.