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The Iconic Designs of the Renowned Imperial Easter Eggs by FabergéWednesday 21 March 2018
The Iconic Designs of the Renowned Imperial Easter Eggs by Fabergé ⇒ Featuring an extravagant colour palette of guilloché enamel and precious gemstones, Fabergé’s fine jewellery collections present the modern day interpretations of the iconic techniques and designs from the renowned Imperial Easter Eggs. A few days from Easter, CovetED brings you these emblematic eggs and the brand that became an international phenomenon after being built out of a very ordinary jewellery business.
In 1882, Peter Carl Fabergé took over his father’s business. From 1885 to 1916, when the company was run by Peter Carl, the celebrated series of 50 Imperial Easter eggs was created for the Russian Imperial family. These creations are inextricably linked to the glory and tragic fate of the last Romanov family. They were the ultimate achievement of the renowned Russian jewellery house and must also be considered the last great commissions of objets d’art.
The series began when Emperor Alexander III, through the intermediary of his uncle, Grand Duke Vladimir, commissioned an Easter egg from Fabergé as an Easter present for his wife, Empress Maria Feodorovna. Initially planned by Fabergé to contain a diamond ring, the actual finished version, following specific instructions of the Emperor, included a ruby pendant of great value. Ten eggs were produced from 1885 to 1893, during the reign of Emperor Alexander III. 40 more were created during the rule of his dutiful son, Nicholas II, two each year, one for his mother, the dowager, the second for his wife.
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In 2007, Fabergé started commissioning jewellery that reflects the history and decadence of the Fabergé brand. The Fabergé fine jewellery egg pendants represent a playful interpretation of Fabergé’s illustrious heritage, translating the iconic egg shape into contemporary fine jewellery pieces for today, featuring an extravagant colour palette using both guilloché enamel and exquisite gems, offering a range of styles suitable for every occasion. With 53 different designs, the most desired models are the tassel pendants Impératrice Ruby, Impératrice Sapphire and Impératrice Emerald.
The other part of this collection, the Fabergé charms are a series of enchanting, jewelled charms to gift or collect as part of a charm bracelet. The covetable miniature charms capture the artistry and exuberance synonymous with Fabergé whilst offering a playful nod to the legendary Fabergé Imperial eggs. The most coveted Fabergé charm has to be the beautiful Emotion White Diamond Charm, featuring round white diamonds, set in 18 karats rose gold. Time to start that Easter shopping.
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Written by: Ricardo Ribeiro
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