The House of Fabergé’s history: luxury jewelry at its finest
The House of Fabergé is an emblematic brand in the world of luxury jewelry. Fabergé’s fine jewelry egg pendants, lockets and charms translate the brand’s iconic Imperial Egg into stunning contemporary enamel, diamond and gemstone pieces. Fabergé’s rich history spans more than a century.
The House of Fabergé: a history spanning over a century
A Russian saga
Gustav Fabergé founded the House of Fabergé in Saint Petersburg in 1842. He opened a jewelry shop specializing in gold smithing and gemstones, which quickly became a success. His son, Peter Carl, succeeded him in 1872 and began to build the brand into the world famous company that it is today.
Supplier to the Court of His Imperial Majesty
The House of Fabergé quickly rose to fame and became the official “Supplier to the Court of His Imperial Majesty,” fulfilling commissions for the Russian imperial family. Peter Carl Fabergé’s first commission was for an Imperial Easter Egg. This Imperial Egg became this renowned Russian jewelry house’s ultimate achievement. The essence of these astounding treasures has been captured in miniature versions as pendants, charms and lockets that are now available from Fabergé.
Peter Carl Fabergé’s brilliant idea
Just over fifty Fabergé eggs were made for the royal family between 1885 and 1917. Tsars Alexander III and Nicholas II gave them to their families as Easter presents.
The House of Fabergé’s exceptional creations
The House of Fabergé’s aesthetic approach to jewelry helped propel it to success. Distancing itself from European standards, Fabergé endowed its jewelry with sophisticated enamelling techniques, gold smithing and stone setting that made Fabergé internationally famous. Fabergé’s trademark ability to enhance everyday objects into true works of art transformed this brand into a tour de force that would define Russia’s jewelry tradition.
Designer jewelry with a modern twist
Peter Carl Fabergé excelled in marketing and business management. In 1914 Fabergé had built a catalog of nearly 100,000 pieces.
The empire, then at its peak, collapsed with the fall of Nicholas II, marking the end of the Tsarist regime. The House of Fabergé went silent for several years.
The House of Fabergé rises from the ashes
Great names never die
In the middle of the 20th century, the Fabergé brand was sold to Sam Rabin, founder of Fabergé Inc., a company specializing in the creation of perfume. After several subsequent resales, the British mining company Gemfields purchased Fabergé for 142 million dollars in 2013.
Peter Carl Fabergé’s grandson Theo carried on the Fabergé tradition until his death in 2007. His daughter Sarah succeeded him after his death, becoming a founding member of the Fabergé Heritage Council, a division of Fabergé Limited, which offers counsel to the company.
Today, the House of Fabergé draws inspiration from its past to invent spectacular and contemporary collections of jewelry, watches and objets d’art.
Tatiana Fabergé (Peter Carl Fabergé’s great-granddaughter) unveiled the Les Fabuleuses collection in 2009. It is the perfect example of how the brand’s revered values have been revived over the years to provide its clientele with contemporary interpretations of their classic designs. This collection of bejeweled firebirds and romantic flowers is quite simply superb!