At Large  December 3, 2019

10 Priceless Diamonds Stolen from the Green Vault

© Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, photo: Hans Christian Krass

Historic Green Vault, Jewel Room Display.

Law enforcement is offering a $1 million reward for information relating to the theft of more than a billion dollars in diamonds. Last week, ax-wielding thieves broke through a window of the Dresden Palace, a historic complex that houses four museums. They proceeded straight to the Green Vault, a gallery housing a priceless collection of Baroque diamond jewelry. The team of thieves, which are assumed to be professionals, had disabled the museum’s security system by starting an electrical fire that left the building and neighboring streets without lights. Covering their tracks using fire extinguishers, the thieves were in and out within five minutes and a burned-out escape vehicle was later found nearby. As more time passes since the theft, fears increase that the jewelry, which are important artifacts of Saxony history, will be dismantled and sold for parts. Here are ten of the glittering jewels now missing from the Green Vault.

Section of a Muff Hook, Geneva / Vienna, between 1746 and 1749.
© Green Vault, Dresden State Art Collections, Photo: Jürgen Karpinski

Section of a Muff Hook, Geneva / Vienna, between 1746 and 1749.

diamond Necklace belonging to Queen Amalie Auguste, Dresden 1824.
© Grünes Gewölbe, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Photo: Jürgen Karpinski

Necklace belonging to Queen Amalie Auguste, Dresden, 1824.

Large rose diamond.
© Grünes Gewölbe, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Photo: Jürgen Karpinski

Large rose diamond.

Diamond hat pin, Dresden, 1782-1789.
© Grünes Gewölbe, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Photo: Jürgen Karpinski

Diamond hat pin, Dresden, 1782-1789.
 

Diamond Epaulette, Dresden, 1782-1789.
© Grünes Gewölbe, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden; Photo: Karpinski

Diamond Epaulette, Dresden, 1782-1789.

Jewel of the Polish White Eagle Order, Dresden, 1782-89.
© Grünes Gewölbe, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden

Jewel of the Polish White Eagle Order, Dresden, 1782-89.

Bow belonging to Queen Amalie Auguste, Dresden, 1782.
© Grünes Gewölbe, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden

Bow belonging to Queen Amalie Auguste, Dresden, 1782.

Diamond sword hilt, Dresden, 1782-1789.
© Grünes Gewölbe, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Photo: Jürgen Karpinski

Diamond sword hilt, Dresden, 1782-1789.

Breast Star of the Polish White Eagle Order, Geneva / Vienna, between 1746 and 1749.
© Grünes Gewölbe, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden; Photo: Karpinski

Breast Star of the Polish White Eagle Order, Geneva / Vienna, between 1746 and 1749.

Sun hairpin, Dresden, 1782-1807.
© Grünes Gewölbe, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden

Sun hairpin, Dresden, 1782-1807.

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