The Imperial Faberge Eggs have suddenly made their way back into
the news, and are again sparking people's curiosity. These exquisite
examples of jewelry art from Russia certainly deserve the attention they
The Imperial Faberge Eggs were made in the workshop of (Peter) Carl
Faberge by his craftsmen. The master-jewelers Michael Evlampievich Perchin
and Henrik Wigstrom are known to have directly supervised creation of many
of these bejeweled "imperial" eggs.
Not all Faberge eggs carry the imperial designation, only those
commissioned by Tsar Alexander III (Alexander Alexandrovich Romanov), and
later by Tsar Nicholas II (Nikolay Alexandrovich Romanov). Alexander gave
the first one to his wife, Tsarina (Empress) Maria Fedorovna, as an Easter
gift in 1885. The Hen Egg, as it became known, was an instant
sucess. The design and craftsmanship pleased the Tsar, and the exquisite
beauty of the egg delighted Tsarina Maria.
The Imperial Faberge Eggs became a royal family tradition. Alexander
quickly commissioned Faberge to create a second egg. The "Hen with
Sapphire Pendant" egg was delivered to Alexander in time for him
to present it to his wife at Easter, 1886. A new egg was crafted each
remaining year of Alexander's life. He died on November 1, 1894, in
Livadiya, Crimea, Ukraine
The Imperial Faberge Eggs tradition was continued by his son, Nicholas
II, when he suceeded his father as Tsar. Nicholas gave an egg to his wife,
Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna, the following Easter. He also gave one to
his mother, Dowager Tsarina Maria Fedorovna. Nicholas gave an egg to each
of them every year of his reign, except in 1905 and 1906. The
Russo-Japanese War was being fought during those two years and the Tsar
reportedly wanted to demonstrate austerity.
The current event that has caused the Imperial Faberge Eggs to be
featured in the news media is the announcement that the whereabouts of one
of the "lost" eggs is now known. Most of the news accounts
emphasize the monetary value of this egg.
It is thought to be the third Febrege egg, crafted for Tsar Alexander
and Maria in 1886-87. It is described as...
Easter egg with ladies watch, decorated
with diamonds, sapphires, and rose-cut diamonds, or
Ribbed yellow gold egg with ladies white
dial watch, with diamond pushpiece, on yellow gold pedestal encircled
by colored gold garland with lions paw feet, and with 3
sapphires and rose-cut diamond roses
Like the other Faberge eggs, the 1887 Imperial Easter egg, contains a
surprise, is of modest size, and stunning detail and craftsmanship. It
measures 3.2 inches.
In all, there were fifty imperial eggs given to Maria and Alexandra.
The two 1917 eggs were never received by the royal ladies, because the
eggs were never finished. The Russian Revolution of February 1917 caused
Tsar Nicholas II to abdicate while the 1917 eggs were being crafted. The
two unfinished eggs and many of the other imperial eggs were confiscated
when the Bolshevik (Communist) Revolution occurred in October of 1917.
Many of the Imperial Faberge Eggs passed into private and institutional
hands when the Bolshevik government sold them in a "Treasures Into
Tractors" effort to raise cash.
The Imperial Faberge Eggs were not the only eggs produced by Faberge. A
few wealthy private (European) citizens commissioned Faberge to produce
eggs for them.
The Imperial Faberge Eggs are a significant part of Russia's cultural
heritage. They have become highly valued art objects of world renoun.
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Gem Industry News
Smartwatches Are Here
Smartwatches are often compared to the 'wrist radio" used by comic
strip character Dick Tracy by those old enough to remember. Others, not so
much... they may never have heard of a smartwatch.
One website I've visited describes a smartwatch as...
computing device worn on a user's wrist that offers
functionality and capabilities similar to those of a smartphone.
Smartwatches are designed to, either on their own or when paired with a
smartphone, provide features like connecting to the internet, running
mobile apps, making calls, messaging via text or video, checking caller
ID, accessing stock and weather updates, providing fitness monitoring
capabilities, offering GPS coordinates and location directions, and
Smartwatches are being introduced by more and more makers. The
capabilities seem to expand with each new device entering the market. Some
industry observers predict the smartwatch will replace the smartphone
within a few years. Others believe advanced versions of the smartphone
will be with us for years. Some industry observers see other types of
wearable computing devices replacing both the smartphone and the
From the jewelry industry perspective, both smart devices are a threat
to the watchmakers market. Many people use their phone to tell time now.
Many younger people don't even own a watch.
It may turn out that wrist watches will become a status symbol...
especially readily identifiable luxury watches.
From a supply perspective, now is the time to replenish your depleted inventory.
If you have some money to invest in inventory - there are deals to be had.
And you should have some cash. After all, that depleted inventory was sales.
From a sales perspective, gift giving occasions have not disappeared. Birthdays,
anniversaries, and many other reasons to give nice jewelry at a great price just
keep on coming. Your customers (and their friends) need what you offer!
The birthstone for April is diamond. Have you tried selling diamond jewely
with colored gem accent stones?
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