Fabergé has revived its revered tradition of creating the most precious and coveted of objets d’art.
Paying homage to the forthcoming centenary of the last Fabergé Imperial Eggs ever delivered, Fabergé has crafted an extraordinary, one-of-kind egg objet in collaboration with the Al-Fardan family, one of the world’s most renowned collectors of pearls.
The Fabergé Pearl Egg is the first egg created in the ‘‘Imperial Class’’ since 1917. Pearls have been coveted and treasured for millennia, linked inextricably with royalty, style and status. As a result, natural oriental pearls have become highly sought-after wonders of nature given their beauty and lustre. Fabergé has celebrated these “jewels of the sea” in the exquisite Fabergé Pearl Egg.
The Fabergé Pearl Egg draws inspiration from the formation of a pearl within an oyster, and the egg’s painstakingly-crafted, mother-of-pearl exterior opens to reveal a unique grey pearl of 12.17 carats, sourced from the Arabian Gulf (as for thousands of years, the most desirable and valuable natural pearls came from the Gulf) and exhibiting exceptional purity and a highly unusual shade of grey.
Harnessing 20 highly skilled workmasters, the objet embodies 139 fine white pearls with a golden lustre, 3,305 diamonds, carved rock crystal and mother-of-pearl set on white and yellow gold. Each pearl adorning the Fabergé Pearl Egg was hand-selected by Hussain Ibrahim Al-Fardan from his private collection. An ingenious mechanism enables the entire outer shell to rotate on its base, simultaneously opening in six sections to unveil its treasure.
The Pearl Egg is accompanied by a sumptuous Fabergé necklace of white pearls, diamonds and mother-of-pearl featuring a scallop motif, and finished with an exquisite 19.44 carat white pearl drop. It was unveiled in February at the prestigious Doha Watch and Jewellery Exhibition.