February 25, 2015

First Faberge Egg Created For 99 Years Goes To Doha



ONCE prized by Russian tsars and sought by collect­ors around the world, Faberge eggs are making a comeback, with the first to be created for 99 years going on display in Qatar. 
Almost a century after prod­uction was scrapped at the outbreak of the Russian Revolution, the Saint Petersburg jewellery house has started making its most famed product again.

A “Qatar-inspired” egg, studded with 139 pearls from the Gulf state and more than 3300 diamonds­ and valued at $US2 million ($2.5m), went on display yesterday at a jewellery exhibition in the capital, Doha.

The egg is officially for sale, but collectors are likely to be disappointed. It is rumoured to have been snapped up by a member of the Qatari royal family.

Faberge made only 50 eggs before the family fled Russia after the revolution in 1917.
The most famous “Imperial” eggs were commissioned by ­Alexander III and Nicholas II as gifts for their wives and mothers.

Forty-two eggs are known to have survived. The Kremlin ­retains 10, while the British royal family owns three among a huge collection of Faberge jewellery.

The largest private collector is Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg, who bought nine ­of the eggs from the Forbes publishing family in the US a decade ago.

By Hugh Tomlinson

With thanks to The Australian


Map with thanks to Google Maps.


Above: A classic example.

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