The Fabergé family’s personal legacy and passion for jewellery has been the inspiration for our collections that includes some original designs by the great Peter Carl Fabergé who is renowned for the jewellery he created for the Russian Tsars. The rich and thrilling history of the brand and the family manifests and sets a mark in history of jewellery and to inspire jewellery makers of today and in the future. The designs are worn today by women of all ages around the world. With a timeless design that will be past down to future generations.
The Fabergé family
The Fabergé family were Protestants from France. When Louis XIV put an end to religious freedom in France, Carl Fabergé’s ancestors fled the persecution of the Catholic church and went into hiding in Germany until the country was conquered by Napoleon. After this, the family moved first to Estonia, where Carl’s grandfather worked as a carpenter, and then to St. Petersburg.
Carl’s father, Gustav Fabergé, was born in 1814 in Estonia and trained as a goldsmith with Andreas Ferdinand Spiegel and Johann Wilhelm Keibel in St. Petersburg. Gustav Fabergé became a master jeweler and shortly afterwards in 1842, he founded a jewellery company in St. Petersburg under his own name, married Charlotte Jungstedt, daughter of a Danish painter, and started a family.
Carl Fabergé was born in 1846, attended a private school in Germany and then the school of commerce in Dresden. After traveling around Europe, he began studying at the house of Friedman, a goldsmith in Frankfurt. At the age of 26 he returned to St. Petersburg and took over his father’s business. The goldsmith, jeweler, designer, restaurateur and entrepreneur Carl Fabergé transformed the small atelier into the largest jewellery company in the entire Russian Empire and one of the largest in the world.
The Fabergé company
The Fabergé company had branches in Moscow, Odessa, Kiev and London. In 1885, Carl Fabergé became court jeweler to the Russian Tsar. His company was awarded numerous international prizes and diplomas. Almost all the royal families in Europe and even the remote King of Siam were Fabergé’s customers.
After the 1917 Russian revolution, Fabergé was forced to close his company in 1918, and he died in Switzerland on September 24th 1920. In the 1880s, Carl Fabergé reached the heights of success and at the Pan-Russian Exhibition in Moscow in 1882 he was awarded a gold medal for his jewellery work. In the same year, Carl’s younger brother Agaton joined the company and extended the product range to include Easter eggs, small animals, human figures, flowers and plants.
In 1885, the Tsar discovered the high quality of Fabergé’s products, and on May 1, 1885 he made Fabergé a court supplier and placed the first order for Easter eggs. In 1890 Fabergé was appointed Court Appraiser and in 1894 the company received an order from Nicholas II to manufacture a stunning pearl and gold necklace (valued at 166,500,000 roubles or around £40 million) for Princess Alice von Hessen-Darmstadt who later became Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna. After this Fabergé was awarded gold medals at all the international exhibitions and fairs where he exhibited. During the company’s history it manufactured over 150,000 items of jewellery and the atelier employed more than 500 master jewelers who were appointed by the Carl Fabergé himself.