The Fabergé Pearl Egg Unveiled in Doha
The Fabergé Pearl Egg Unveiled in Doha. Last month, Fabergé, the world’s most iconic artist jeweler, has revived its revered tradition of creating the Fabergé Pearl Egg which was unveiled at the prestigious Doha Watch and Jewellery Exhibition, which took place from 23rd to 28th February 2015.
Paying homage to the forthcoming centenary of the last Fabergé Imperial Eggs ever delivered, Fabergé has crafted an extraordinary, one-of-a-kind egg objet in collaboration with 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.
Pearls have been coveted and treasured for millennia, linked inextricably with royalty, style and status. Fabergé has been delighted to celebrate 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 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 luster, 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 HussainIbrahim 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.
Hussain Ibrahim Al Fardan, Chairman of the Al Fardan Group, commented:
I have a passion for natural pearls and it took me many years to build my current collection gathering some of the most extraordinary pearls in the world. Fabergé has a great history in making jewelry for royalty and a truly precious Fabergé Egg is a luxury treasure and the symbol of a long-gone era of opulence. This is why I partnered with Fabergé to combine these two traditional treasures: the Fabergé Egg and natural Arabian Gulf pearls, to create an exceptional piece.