Fabergé has created their iconic egg after almost a century. The Fabergé Pearl Egg was put on display for public viewing at the Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition. It easily became the highlight of the five day exhibition. The Fabergé eggs have been closely associated with the Russian Royal Family and the last one was made in 1916 for the then Tsar who was few months later removed from power by the Russian Revolution and forced to abdicate in February 1917. It took Fabergé almost 100 years to create another bejeweled egg but the incredible detail and stunning design makes you feel that the wait justified and worthwhile.
Fabergé has created this precious egg in collaboration with the Gulf-based Al Fardan jewellery group, which is renowned for its pearls and predictably the egg is embellished with 139 of finest white pearls. Of course the egg also features 3,300 diamonds and some other precious gem stones as well. An egg of this beauty and value had not been commissioned since World War I. According to the records available with Fabergé the first bejewelled Easter egg was created in 1885 for Tsar Alexander III who had surprised his wife Empress Maria with the exclusive gift. It became a tradition with the Russian Royal family and according to Fabergé a total of 50 such eggs were commissioned by the family over the years till they were unseated by the revolution.
There is information available about 43 of those eggs that survived the revolution. In a way these diamond encrusted expensive objets d’art became the symbol of the Royal Family’s excesses. The times have changed now and there are many takers for these luxurious and exclusive creations. Fabergé did not disclose the cost or the price of the Fabergé Pearl Egg but conservative estimates have put the value at $2 million. However the uniqueness of the piece will encourage buyers to pay much more than that. One of the last imperial egg that was discovered in a jumble sale was auctioned last year and fetched a whopping $30 million. Prior to that another Fabergé egg was auctioned by Christies in 2007 fetching a handsome $18.5 million. Watch this space for the final pricing of the Fabergé Pearl Egg.