The Lost Treasure of the Russian Jeweler
He was born of Huguenot descent in St. Petersburg in 1846 and was
educated in Dresden, Italy, France, and England. By 1884, he was
famous, achieving recognition through imaginative wonders of
craftsmanship and delicacy in his designs, till 1917, when the
Russian Revolution put an end to his career and sent him into
exile, where he died in 1920.
One small paragraph, to sum up the life of the most famous jeweler
of our times, and perhaps of all times. In Russia, circa 1884,
jewels were considered one of the basics for maintaining the
prerequisite level of prestige and station in life at court. At the
time, no one could know that the Revolution was a mere 33 years
down the road… a revolution that would bring bloodshed and death
to a nation, and would obliviate much of the artistry of the
country and the world’s greatest craftsman.
33 Easter Sundays and every Easter Sunday thereafter, before the
Revolution, the Czar presented to the Czarina and to the dowager
Empress, a royal imperial Easter egg. Through the course of time,
our jeweler–you all know who he is by now–our jeweler made 57 of
these eggs for the royal family. Their accumulated worth, as of
about the mid 1960’s, was 5 million dollars.
Peter Carl Faberge represented the best art Russia had to offer.
His eggs were decorated with pearls and diamonds and rubies. Upon
opening them up, the insides revealed miniature crows and rings
and picture frame, and in one, even a small replica of a train,
perfect and exact in detail.
With the coming of the Revolution, Faberge was finished in Russia,
and he escaped with his life. And though much of his work was
preserved, there are four of his eggs that have never been found.
Okay treasure hunters…to arms!
These are the eggs that are missing. There is the Danish Silver
Jubilee Egg, considered the rarest of the world’s missing
treasures. Then there is the first egg ever presented to Alexandra
Feodorovna, which is only three inches high, known as the Rosebud
Egg. The third is called the Swan Egg and the last is called the
Egg with Love Trophies. The name of the eggs represent the motif of
design which appears when the shell is opened.
Find these eggs, oh great treasure hunters of the world, and your
fame and fortune is made. OF course, Faberge made other things,
even though his recognition through time is from the creation of
his oval miniatures. He made cigarette cases and animals and tie
pins and cufflinks. He even painted eggshells, one of which was
sold for twenty five thousand gold francs.
Hey Benjamin…some of you may say…why dontcha show us one of
those eggs? And to those of you who say that, I say…To my home
page lads and lassies. Scroll down to Tidbit Graphics, and click,
and you will see what you will see.
And there ya have it.
That’s it for this week folks.
Catch you all next week.
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