Alchemy Gothic draw influence for their work from all over the world, and it was the era of the Russian revolution that provided the name for the stunning Anastasia pieces. World-renowned for its decadence in the face of its people’s poverty, the Russian Tsar and his family met a bloody end at the revolution.


However, for many years the rumour that one of his daughters -- the beautiful seventeen-year-old Anastasia -- had survived circulated in Russia and beyond. Thought to have escaped and fled to Europe, rewards were offered for her return as the monarch of Russia. As such, there were many pretenders to her identity.

The most successful and persistent of these was Anna Anderson, who first revealed herself to the public in 1920. She claimed to have lain, feigning death, amidst the bodies of her slaughtered family and made her escape thanks to a compassionate guard.

This began a thirty-two year long legal battle for recognition, which kept the controversy and mystery of Anastasia alive for decades. It was only once DNA tests were ordered on her death that Anna was revealed as an impostor, utterly unrelated to the Russian royal family.

Anastasia Ring by Alchemy Gothic

At last the remains of the missing Grand Duchess and her little brother Alexei were found and identified, almost a century after their demise. Charred remains in an unmarked grave separate from the Tsar and his family were identified as the young prince Nikolai, and one of the Grand Duchesses, most likely Anastasia. The revolution took their lives and brought an end to the age of decadence in Russia’s elite. Palaces fell, and the world changed.

Yet Princess Anastasia and her family live on, cemented in the memories of the people and surviving in relics of the royal household’s life, a hint of which can be found in Alchemy's designs of decadence.

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