Happy Birthday Peter Carl Fabergé!

Posted by on May 30, 2012 in Jewelry Stories | No Comments

Today, Google celebrates Peter Carl Fabergé’s 166th birthday by creating a Google Doodle out of these legendary trinkets.  Fabergé was a Russian jeweler famous for designing Easter eggs crafted from precious metals and gemstones.  In 1885, the Romanov dynasty appointed Fabergé as the court jeweler and Alexander III (the son of Alexandrite’s namesake) enlisted Fabergé to make his wife, Princess Dagmar of Denmark, Easter egg gifts.  There were only 50 of these Imperial eggs ever made, and only 42 survive.  The eggs took on many different shapes and levels of elaboration, with the only requirement set that each egg must contain a surprise.  Non-Imperial eggs were generally miniature in nature and typically worn as necklaces, sometimes as multi-egg bundles.  The House of Fabergé made a range of other objects besides these Easter egg knick knacks, from silver tableware to fine jewelry.

 


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