This story first appeared in the July 7, 2011 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
High jewelry eggs are once again part of Fabergé’s offering, the first time since 1917, when Tsar Nicholas II commissioned two eggs for his mother and wife, which were never completed. Now the house has introduced two lines of egg pendants spanning the high jewelry and fine jewelry categories.
The first collection, Les Fameux de Fabergé, features 12 precious one-of-a-kind designs inspired by Russian proverbs, with one egg for each month of the year. Following the tradition of founder Peter Carl Fabergé, many of them include hidden surprises. Take the delightful Cherry Egg, honed from carved verdite decorated with pyrope garnets, rubies, carnelian and diamonds, which opens to reveal a magnetic golden cherry pit.
Elsewhere, sections of an enamel puzzle egg swivel to make up a frog, fish or flower, while the Train des Fleurs Egg was inspired by the train that ran from Grasse in the South of France to Saint Petersburg to deliver fresh flowers to the Romanov palaces during the winter party season, the ultimate luxury in those days. Mounted on an elaborate necklace, it boasts an enameled egg that turns within a golden egg set with rubies and miniature pearls.
Other designs take inspiration from original Imperial Fabergé eggs, such as the Mosaic Egg, which belongs to Queen Elizabeth II. That design, along with about 300 Fabergé pieces collected by successive generations of the British Royal Family, will go on display on July 23 at Buckingham Palace in London.
Fabergé’s fine jewelry line of eggs, meanwhile, is made of 60 small pendants in a variety of finishes. The house relaunched fine jewelry in September 2009 and has one store in Geneva, but, marking the brand’s renaissance, it has plans to open stores in London and New York in the next 18 months.