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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Fabergé Unveils A New Egg Collection

The Train des Fleurs Egg

Fabergé recently unveiled its first collection of its High Jewelry Egg Pendants—the first such collection to bear the authentic Fabergé name since 1917.

The Diaghilev Egg
The collection pays homage to the legendary Imperial Eggs created by Peter Carl Fabergé for the Romanov family, the company said. The new collection is a celebration of the egg as a timeless universal symbol of life. Fabergé has designed a collection of 12 one-of-a-kind egg pendants, one for each month of the year, under the name, “Les Fameux de Fabergé.” Each egg illustrates a traditional Russian proverb, through complex, multi-layered concepts.

The Diamond Egg

The new creations were launched in Paris Friday during Haute Couture Week. Each egg will retail from $100,000 to $600,000. In addition, Fabergé, owned by investment company Pallinghurst Resources which purchased the brand from Unilever in 2007, said will work on private, personal commissions incorporating personal references, meanings and messages, “just as the Imperial Easter Eggs were created as personal gifts from one family member to another.”
The Ribbon Egg
Fabergé said each egg pendant involves “a lengthy, exacting and in many cases pioneering fabrication process, pushing boundaries of both design and manufacture, and taking contemporary craftsmanship to a new level of sophistication. Bejewelled, superbly crafted, each with its own intriguing story, and full of surprises.”

The collection will be exhibited at the Fabergé boutique in Geneva from July 18 till August 21.

The first nine of the 12 eggs of collection “Les Fameux de Fabergé” are listed as follows:

The Diaghilev Egg, “Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it,” diamond circles with rubies and an invisibly-set diamond drawer that opens at the push of a gemstone to reveal a matching pendant.

The Ribbon Egg, “A gift is better than a promise,” an elaborate gem-embroidered layered, articulated ribbon, based on traditional Russian prints and textiles, set at the top with a large diamond and ornamented with enamel, lacquer and precious stones.

The Cherry Egg, “Life is a bowl of cherries,” clustered with luscious cherries, in carved stones, gold and gems, with a hidden golden nut and then a golden pit inside.

The Train des Fleurs Egg, “He that travels knows much,” recalling the train that brought flowers from Grasse, in the South of France, to St Petersburg, during the winter party season, ensuring the palace halls were filled with spring flowers and fragrance.

The Chimère Egg, “What you see is not always what you get,” a puzzle egg, in the spirit of Russian fairy tales, with rotating segments, a fish, flower and frog, creating child-like fantasy creatures.

The High Tech Egg, “Every man is the architect of his own fortune,” an intricate three-dimensional structure, playing with space, height, depth and color to create a modernist framework.

The Mosaic Egg, “Old love does not rust,” inspired by the eponymous Fabergé Imperial Egg and its interpretation of petit point embroidery, with delicate diamond lattice work at the both ends.

The Diamond Egg, “Genius is simplicity,” a titanium egg, entirely invisibly-set with white diamonds, a feat that the company says has never been achieved.

The Snake Egg, “Where there is love, there is no darkness,” the serpent curled around a glossy enameled egg, re-interpreting a favorite Fabergé emblem, symbol of eternity and rebirth.