The Empress

Regular price $425.00


The Empress is a crystal wraparound necklace that exudes the commanding presence of a true royal. This magnificent piece is designed to adorn you with the grace and poise befitting of a leader.

The Empress boasts a timeless elegance that transcends eras. It draws inspiration from Catherine and other historical monarchs who graced the world with their enchanting charisma and unwavering authority. With The Empress secured around your neck, you'll radiate an aura of absolute charisma, as if you were born to lead and enchant. This wraparound necklace is a statement of your inner strength, beauty, and informs your peers of the noble spirit that resides within.


Sophia Augusta married Peter the 3rd of Russia at the young age of 16. Having been born in a tiny hamlet in Germany to an abusive and power-hungry mother. Sophia clawed her way to power by catching the eye of the Heirless Empress Elizabeth, using nothing but her intelligence and charm. 

At 14 had Sophia thrown away her past and devoted her life to learning about the Russian court, people, and their beliefs. Eventually going as far as changing her name to Catherine and converting to the Russian orthodox church. With the death of Elizabeth, Catherine married Peter and prepared herself to serve the Russian people as Peter’s wife.

However, Peter had other plans. Being of German descent himself he immediately reversed all of Catherine the seconds’ policies. As a Prussian sympathizer, he returned the hard-fought gains the Russian military had sacrificed everything for over the previous 7 years. Peter took no interest in Russian internal affairs and blatantly rejected the interests of the Russian people and their heritage. Resentment and anger swept across Russian nobility and military.

The final straw occurred when Peter commissioned the army to invade Denmark for a personal vendetta. A war that could not have been further from Russian interest and demonstrated just how out of touch Peter was with his kingdom. Catherine was horrified and began secret meetings with Russian heads of state and key military personnel to discuss overthrowing Peter. Quickly, a quiet revolution took root. These meetings were treason and carried the death penalty, Catherine had begun playing a dangerous game.

One night, a soldier in one of the guard regiments in St. Petersburg got spooked and asked his superior officer if the plan to overthrow Peter had been discovered. This particular officer was not in on the plot and the powderkeg exploded. Immediately arrests were made. The conspirators met in a panic and one thing became clear. The time was now or never, the revolt must begin.

Catherine is awoken at 5 am and informed of the situation, not wasting a second Catherine races down to the capitol. Simultaneously Peter is informed of the arrests and the suspected insurgency however, he is also sleeping and ignores this message. Arriving at the capital, now changed to military dress. Catherine travels from barrack to barrack. She is greeted with tumultuous celebration. Every battalion swears fealty and joins her growing procession.

More desperate messengers come to warn Peter but he is busy and is only annoyed by interruptions. He instructs his messengers to leave. Catherine by now is in a massive military parade that makes its way to the capitol cathedral. She is then sworn in by the Archbishop of Novgorod as the autocrat of Russia while Peter arranges for a caravan to Peterhof for a feast.

Finally, Catherine arrives at the Winter Palace and meets the Senate. She declares that out of love for the Russian people and the Orthodox church, she was moved to action. The gravity of the situation finally settles in and Peter tries to negotiate by offering to share the crown. Too little too late, he barely manages to negotiate for his life and swears to never return to Russia.

Once in power, Catherine immediately promoted territorial expansion, modernization of society, massive legal reforms, instituted religious tolerance, completely reformed education, healthcare, the arts, and made drastic military improvements.  She is now considered not only one of the greatest Russian leaders but one of the greatest empresses of all time.