If you ask around about 'Fabergé', you’ll get mixed responses ranging from Easter eggs, jewellery, fragrances and even domestic cleaning products. There are explanations for these varying reputations that reveals stories of a family legacy, legendary craftsmanship and Russian royalty. However, a deviation of tradition occurred with the unpermitted use of the Fabergé brand name in the 1930s. Essentially, there is only one true Fabergé, verified by its fascinating origins and its modern forms - one that encompasses exceptional jewellery of the finest standards.
A FAMILY AFFAIR
It all started with Gustav Fabergé, who worked as a goldsmith and jewellers to the emperors of Russia in the 1830s. His first son, Peter Carl Fabergé, acquired his father’s business and pursued an appreciation for historical treasures that he repaired and restored.
AN ICON IS BORN
Peter Fabergé was given the title, ‘goldsmith by special appointment to the Imperial Crown’ by Emperor Alexander III, creating fifty Imperial Easter Eggs from 1885 to 1916. These creations, exquisite gestures to the Emperor’s wife and the elite, are the ultimate achievements of the Fabergé jewellery house and have become Fabergé codes, present in current jewellery collections.
An Inspirational Past
- IMPERIAL EGG COLLECTION -
The Hen Egg, 1885
The Renaissance Egg, 1894
The Rosebud Egg, 1895
The Coronation Egg, 1897
The Lilies of the Valley Egg, 1898
The Duchess of Marlborough Egg, 1902
The Bay-Tree Egg, 1911
The Nobel Ice Egg, 1914
The Order of St George Egg, 1916
A Luminous Present
- JEWELLERY COLLECTION-
Zenya Ruby Pendant
Current pieces like this pendant, honours the original and iconic Imperial Easter egg forms that made Fabergé legendary
Palais Tsarskoye Selo Diamond Earrings
Decorative enamelling, a lost art, is a Faberge signature which can be observed in these intricate and captivating pieces.
Emotion Rings: Multi colour and Rubies
Another Fabergé code is the vivid use of colour captured by only the finest stones.
Rococo pavé diamond rose gold pendant
Takes inspiration from the gold scrolls featured on the legendary Rocaille Egg, an original Fabergé Easter Egg created in 1902 for Russian heiress Varvara Kelkh.
Treillage multi-coloured rose gold matte wide ring
The Treillage Collection is inspired by the Diamond Trellis Egg, created by Fabergé in 1892. The evocative design, with their soft, tactile and gem-set quilting, represents the perfect marriage of heritage and modernity.
FROM EGG-SHAPED TO PEAR-SHAPED
In 1937, Sam Rubin branded his perfumes, ‘Fabergé’ (BRUT cologne for men a notable example) and formed Fabergé Inc. without the Fabergé family’s permission. This is when the Fabergé image begins to get distorted in the public eye. An out-of-court settlement, granted Rubin to use the Fabergé name, only for perfume. However numerous corporate acquisitions of FABERGÉ INC resulted in the tarnishing of the original icon furthermore - the name associated with Imperial Eggs appeared on domestic products for use in blocked drains, kitchens and bathrooms.
In 2007, The Fabergé name is reunited with the Fabergé family through the acquisition of Fabergé trademarks, licenses and associated rights relating to the Fabergé name from Unilever. Furthermore, the Fabergé Heritage Council is established to guide the company in its pursuit of Fabergé’s original heritage of excellence in creativity, design and craftsmanship.
At 9am on September 9th 2009 (09.09.09), Fabergé is re-launched with the introduction of the ‘Les Fabuleuses’ High Jewellery collection.
By 31st December 2012, all the licenses granted to third parties had lapsed or been terminated and the name no longer appeared on cleaning products.
Faberge is now exclusively available at Vendome in Sydney. We have a full range of pieces available, and are also able to order any pieces from the collections.