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AN OBJET D’ART MASTERPIECE: THE FABERGÉ PEARL EGG

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Posted February 26, 2015 by GC Privé Editor in Prive

The Fabergé Lilies of the Valley Egg, 1898 LR - Courtesy of the Forbes Collection - 2

Fabergé, the world’s most iconic artist jeweller, today revives 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 where the Fabergé name and the Fabergé family have been united.

THE FABERGÉ PEARL EGG

Pearls have been coveted and treasured for millennia, linked inextricably with royalty, style and status. Fabergé is delighted to celebrate these “jewels of the sea” in the exquisite Fabergé Pearl Egg. 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.

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 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.

GULF PEARLS, EXTRAORDINARY JEWELS

For thousands of years, the most desirable and valuable natural pearls came from the Arabian Gulf, the Red Sea and the Gulf of Manaar in South East Asia. In the Middle East in particular, pearl- fishing was the pillar of the regional economy, booming in the 18th and 19th centuries as demand soared.

The introduction of cultured pearls at the beginning of the 20th century and the exhaustion of oyster beds in the region contributed to the decline of the pearl trade, and saw the oil industry become the predominant source of wealth in the Gulf. As a result, natural oriental pearls have become highly sought-after wonders of nature given their beauty and lustre.

THE ALFARDAN PEARL COLLECTION

The Al-Fardan family of Qatar remains one of the oldest and most successful traditional pearl merchants in the Gulf. Born in 1933, Hussain Ibrahim Al-Fardan, perpetuated the family legacy, and opened Alfardan Jewellery in Doha in 1954, now the exclusive retailer for Fabergé in Qatar.

In addition, he established one of the largest and most exceptional natural pearl collections in the world, part of which is housed as a permanent exhibition in Doha and has been displayed in international museums such as the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

THE LEGEND OF FABERGÉ EGGS

Fabergé was founded in 1842 and won worldwide acclaim for its artistry in creating objets d’art, jewellery and timepieces. The Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs, commissioned by the Russian Imperial Family, are almost universally recognised as the greatest masterpieces of the jeweller’s art. Peter Carl Fabergé worked with highly skilled workmasters and craftsmen, seeking out precious gemstones with charisma and achieving perfection in every detail from enamelling to gem-setting.