Peter Carl Farbergé
It was Fabrege's 166th birthday yesterday. The Russian jeweller is best known for the legendery Farberge eggs.
The eggs are made of precious metals or hard stones decorated with combinations of enamel and gemstones. The Fabergé egg has become a symbol of luxury, and the eggs are regarded as masterpieces of the jeweler's art.
Here is a video with his amazing works.
And if you would like read more about him here are some links to check.
Did you know?
Carl Faberge created the first of his legendary eggs in 1885. It was commissioned by Tsar Alexander III as an Easter gift for his wife Maria. The egg was made of solid gold and covered in smooth white enamel meant to resemble an egg shell. When the egg was opened, there were two surprises inside for the Tsarina. The first was small golden hen with ruby eyes, which in turn opened to reveal a miniature replica of the royal crown as well as a small ruby pendant. Maria and the Tsar were both thrilled with the gift and its surprise, and a tradition was born. Every year an order was placed with the house of Faberge to make at least one new egg. The house of Faberge was also given the title of official imperial jewelers of the Tsar, who proceeded to fund the cost of all the future eggs. The preparation of each egg took about a year, and the nobility placed all it’s all its trust in Faberge and his team of jewelers. The only condition placed upon the jewelers was that each egg should contain some sort of surprise, but the surprise itself was left up to the jewelers’ imagination. As the years went by, the eggs became more and more elaborate, typically covered in diamonds, silver, gold, rubies, emeralds; every sort of precious material known to man. As the renown of the eggs grew, orders for eggs came not only from the imperial court, but from the nobility of Europe as well. A total of 71 eggs are known to have been created by the House of Faberge, but only 62 are known to have survived the tumultuous events of history and exist today. The latest Faberge Egg to be sold at auction was one of the most expensive ever produced; the ‘Rothschild Egg’ sold for £ 8.9 million at Christie’s in 2007.