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Petersburg, is the home to some of the finest surviving examples of sculptural pendants of the late Renaissance period that originated in Western European countries during the 16th and 17th centuries.During this period large quantities of irregular shaped baroque pearls accumulated among the stocks of pearl dealers, with no apparent use in traditional jewelry settings, and the dealers not knowing what to do with their accumulated stocks.
Collections of 3 existing museums – the Museum of Semirechye region, the Cossack Army and the Republican Anti-Religious Committee museums were added to the main collections of the Central State Museum. The modernday building of the museum was built in 1985 by a team of architects – Y. Of particular significance are unique rich osteological materials, fragments of petrified trees, remains with insects and fish imprints, microscopic endospores and plant pollen that are dating back to several million years.
From the 1931 the museum was based in a building of former Cathedral, built in 1904-1907 by a well known architect from Verny – A. Archeological displays present scientific reconstructions of ancient funeral and ceremonial buildings, models of constructions of medieval architecture, dioramas made with the use of authentic archaeological relics.
The Treasury Gallery in the Hermitage Museum, created during the time of Catherine the Great in the 18th century, hosts some of the rarest, most valuable and prized collections in the entire museum. The valuable collection of Renaissance jewelry is also kept in the Diamond Rooms, and listed under the section, "Western European Jeweler's Art of the 16th and 17th centuries." Among the renowned pieces of sculptural pendants incorporating baroque pearls, displayed in this section of the Diamond Rooms are :- 1) The Swan Pendant 2) The Siren Pendant 3) The Cupid Pendant 4) The Mars Pendant 5) The Italian Caravel Pendant The internationally renowned "Swan Pendant" is a prized possession of the Hermitage Museum, and originated in the 1590s in the Netherlands, during the late Renaissance period.
The gallery is divided into two sections :- the Gold Rooms and the Diamond Rooms. D., the Diamond Rooms contain pieces that trace the development of jewelry crafting during the course of mankind's history from the 3rd millennium B. The pendant which is a masterpiece among baroque pendants is exquisitely crafted and a living testimony to the ingenuity, inventiveness and craftsmanship of the Renaissance jewelry craftsmen of 16th century Netherlands.
It was then that the genius, inventiveness and skill of the late Renaissance jeweler, came up with a solution, in order to make use of these large, irregular-shaped, nacreous pearls, by incorporating them as the centerpiece of jewelry, which together with other gemstones, diamonds, gold and enameling, formed a pre-conceived shape, that bore fruit in the fertile imagination of the Renaissance jewelry craftsmen.