Russia is one of the largest countries in the world producing precious metals. Gold was already found on its territory long before Christ. But they began to develop gold deposits relatively late. In 1745 the "Berezovskoe" rich primary deposit was discovered in the Urals. A few decades later significant gold placer mines were discovered. The Urals became a major center of gold mining. In 1845 Russian gold accounted for half of the world's production of this rare precious metal.

The Diamond Fund includes a unique collection of gold and platinum nuggets. 101 gold nuggets from different Russian mines are of great scientific interest and material value.

Nuggets of precious metals are rarely left intact. Most often, they are melted within a week from the time of finding.

One of the unusual nuggets is the “Camel”. It weighs 9 kg 300 grams and it was found in Kolyma in 1947.

You can learn more about jewels of this period at the exhibition.