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To whom did Pushkin give a ring with turquoise?

Writers are a reverent people, often inclined to associate creative success with their favorite rings or “lucky” hands. Or drink tea while working from a special cup. So what kind of talismans did great writers have?

Three rings of Pushkin

Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin was especially fond of all kinds of amulets, especially rings. He had a lot of them, and depending on his mood, he told his friends a story about each one, and what exactly this ring could protect against. They, of course, listened, but they reacted differently. The poet’s second in the fatal duel with Dantes, Konstantin Danzas, received a farewell gift from Pushkin, a ring with turquoise. Danzas took the ring and then wore it, but one day he managed to lose it on the street. But Vladimir Dal, a collector of fairy tales and compiler of the famous dictionary, treated another ring, given to him by Pushkin shortly before his death, as a precious shrine. And he claimed that every time he puts it on, he feels a surge of inspiration. It was an emerald ring. The most famous among Pushkin’s talismans is, undoubtedly, a bizarre-shaped ring with a carved carnelian signet. The poet received it as a gift from his beloved Elizaveta Vorontsova in his youth. This ring was sung by him in poetry more than once. Before his death, Pushkin gave it to the poet Zhukovsky. He subsequently passed it on to his son, who presented the Pushkin talisman to the famous writer Ivan Turgenev. Turgenev carefully kept the ring and sometimes sealed his letters with it. And he said that he intended to bequeath Alexander Sergeevich’s talisman not to anyone, but to Leo Tolstoy. So that he, in turn, would pass it on to some worthy writer. But the ring was never officially bequeathed. It went to Turgenev’s beloved singer Polina Viardot. A few years later, she donated Pushkin’s ring to the museum at the Tsarskoye Selo Lyceum. But in March 1917, the legendary ring with carnelian was stolen from the museum and disappeared forever.

Diamond for peace

However, it also happened that the talisman was associated with the name of a writer, although he himself did not own it. Alexander Griboedov was not only the author of the great comedy “Woe from Wit,” but also a prominent diplomat. He was appointed head of the embassy in Persia. Since this was after another Russian-Persian war, Griboedov negotiated the payment of indemnity and the conclusion of a peace treaty between the Russian Empire and Persia. But then riots broke out in Tehran – historians are inclined to believe that they were provoked by British agents. Griboyedov and most of the embassy staff were killed. The Shah of Persia, realizing that the consequences of the tragedy could be terrible, urgently sent an embassy to the Russian emperor headed by Prince Khosrev Mirza. Among the precious gifts, the main place was occupied by the legendary talisman of the Great Mughals, the rulers of India – the Shah diamond. Once upon a time it was hung in the center of the throne canopy to protect the ruler from the evil eye, evil spirits and conspirators. And so the stone was brought to the northern country to avoid war. The treaty prepared by Griboedov was concluded, and Russia and Persia never fought among themselves again.

Under the protection of the blue stone

The name of Mikhail Bulgakov is associated with the legend of the sapphire ring. According to her, it was this stone, inserted into the ring, that supported the strength of its owner even during a serious illness that struck him in the last years of his life. And saved me from repression in those difficult times. The writer’s widow told the author of the plays, Sergei Ermolinsky, about this. He was less fortunate during the years of repression; he ended up in the camps as a result of denunciation. But he was released at the end of the 1940s. However, it was difficult to hope that his new play would be accepted for production, which would provide both a livelihood and the opportunity to escape from the position of an outcast. Then Elena Sergeevna handed the friend of her late husband this same ring with a blue stone. And she advised me to first carry it face down, and if it becomes clear that the conversation in the theater is difficult, then turn it over. And – it worked! They took the play. By the way, it was about Griboyedov.

Book and cane

The poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko has said more than once that the most important advice in life to him, an aspiring poet, was given by Boris Pasternak. Namely, do not dramatize your future, do not frighten impressionable fans with stanzas about how he will untimely leave this world. Apparently, he had seen enough of his brothers in the Silver Age, diligently predicting all sorts of horrors for themselves. In general, don’t write nightmares about yourself, Pasternak said, and you will live long and joyfully. And he gave the young talent his book “My Sister is Life.” Yevtushenko carefully kept it throughout his entire life, which, as we know, turned out to be quite prosperous. Perhaps because he followed Pasternak’s advice. And then fans from the USA presented the already recognized and famous poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko with a gift, which became his second talisman for the rest of his days. It was a cane that once belonged to Mark Twain.

Precious stories. Behind the scenes of Pushkin’s life: rings, jewelry and mystical talismans. Issue dated 05.11.2023/XNUMX/XNUMX

November 5, 2023
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