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Fabergé

Russian

Best known for creating the lavishly ornate and intricately devised Imperial Easter eggs given by the last czars to their families as annual holiday gifts, the House of Fabergé was the most prestigious Russian luxury goods maker of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Serving the aristocracy and the well-to-do through stores in St. Petersburg, Moscow and as far afield as London, Fabergé crafted a wide range of jewelry, clock cases, silver and myriad objets de vertu that included picture frames, cigarette boxes, cufflinks and carved hardstone floral and animal figurines. Following the revolution, the firm was closed by the Soviet state in 1918.

Master goldsmith Gustav Fabergé, a descendant of Huguenot emigrées, founded the company in St. Petersburg in 1842. The firm did a brisk trade among the lesser nobility and the merchant class, but it flourished under the guidance of Gustav’s eldest son Peter Carl Fabergé, who took over in 1872.

Cosmopolitan, widely-traveled and himself a master goldsmith, the younger Fabergé drew early design inspiration when he volunteered to catalogue and restore pieces in the imperial jewelry collection in the Hermitage. Fabergé pieces based on historical jewelry from the Hermitage caught the attention of Czar Alexander III at a Moscow exhibition in 1882, and three years later he commissioned the first Imperial Easter egg as a gift for the czarina. (Relatively simple in design compared to the complex cloisonné-adorned eggs that followed, the first egg was a white-enameled ovoid containing a gold “yolk” that held a gold hen, which in turn contained a replica of the imperial crown from which hung an egg-shaped ruby pendant.) Czar Nicholas II continued the tradition, presenting two eggs each Easter — one for his wife and one for his mother. As the appointed goldsmith to the royal court, the House of Fabergé became the darling of Russian aristocrats as well as wealthy patrons across Europe. Many and varied objets — hundreds of thousands by one count — were made to meet their demand. The firm employed some 500 craftsmen and designers when it was shuttered.

After the Russian Revolution, the Fabergé name and trademark endured a checkered passage through the 20th century. Family members left their homeland in 1918 and set up a new business in Paris that was mainly concerned with repairing and restoring earlier-made wares. The name was adopted by an American fragrance and beauty products maker in the late 1930s, and later authorized by the family in a 1951 agreement. The trademark has been subsequently sold several times, and attached to numerous products including jewelry.

For connoisseurs, true Fabergé refers to items made in the firm’s brief, golden decades from 1885 to 1917. Collectors are advised to make a study of Fabergé works in museum collections such as the Victoria & Albert and the Royal Collection in London to gain an understanding of the quality of genuine goods made by the original firm, and then to purchase only from reputable and reliable dealers, such those at 1stDibs.

As you will see from the vintage jewelry and objects on these pages, Fabergé pieces are richly redolent of a romantic past, and a source of thorough delight.

Average Sold Price
$2,903
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Fabergé White Enamel Egg Shaped Miniature Frame
By Fabergé
Located in London, GB
A Fabergé white enamel egg shaped miniature frame, the translucent enamel on an engine turned radiating guilloché ground, with a picture aperture surr...
Category

Early 1900s Russian Russian Empire Antique Fabergé

Materials

Enamel

Hollming Fabergé White Enamel Diamond Silver Pill Box
By Fabergé
Located in London, GB
A Fabergé white enamel and diamond circular pill box, the translucent white enamel with undulating guilloché ground and circular rock crystal section to top and base, each with a ros...
Category

Late 19th Century Russian Victorian Antique Fabergé

Materials

Diamond, Rock Crystal, Enamel, Silver

Fabergé Filigree Egg Pendant, Workmaster Feodor Afanasiev
By Fabergé
Located in Chesterland, OH
A Fabergé workmaster Feodor Afanasiev gilt filigree egg pendant with tiny ruby cabochons. Made in Russian Empire, Moscow, late-19th century/early-20th century. Feodor Afanasyev (Cyri...
Category

Late 19th Century Russian Russian Empire Antique Fabergé

Materials

Ruby, Silver, Gilt Metal

Fabergé 18K Gold Diamond Guilloche Enamel Locket with Box/Certificate
By Fabergé
Located in Pittsburgh, PA
Gorgeous handmade 18k gold, diamond, and guilloche enamel locket. This limited edition piece was designed by Victor Mayer for Fabergé. The design features vibrant blue transparent en...
Category

Late 20th Century German Modern Fabergé

Materials

Diamond, Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Enamel

Imperial Silver Gilt Enamel Egg Locket Pendant Pearl Mesh
By Fabergé
Located in Chesterland, OH
Presenting a stunning pendant designed in the shape of a Russian Imperial 88 gilt silver and enamel egg. This exquisite piece showcases a relief image of the cobalt mesh with natural...
Category

Early 20th Century Russian Russian Empire Fabergé

Materials

Pearl, Natural Pearl, Gold Plate, Silver, Enamel, Gilt Metal

Imperial Silver Gilt Enamel Egg Pendant
By Fabergé
Located in Chesterland, OH
Presenting a stunning pendant designed in the shape of a Russian Imperial gilt silver and enamel egg with a cartoon face on both sides. The body of the egg is enameled in a beautiful...
Category

Late 19th Century Russian Russian Empire Antique Fabergé

Materials

Silver, Enamel, Gilt Metal

Imperial Silver Gilt Enamel Egg Pendant With Lizards
By Fabergé
Located in Chesterland, OH
Presenting a stunning pendant designed in the shape of a Russian Imperial gilt silver and enamel egg with lizards. The body of the egg is enameled in a beautiful deep purple guilloch...
Category

Early 20th Century Russian Russian Empire Fabergé

Materials

Gold Plate, Silver, Enamel, Gilt Metal

Imperial Silver Gilt Enamel Egg Locket Pendant With Imperial Wreath
By Fabergé
Located in Chesterland, OH
Presenting a stunning locket-pendant designed in the shape of a Russian Imperial gilt silver and guilloche enamel egg. The body of the egg is enameled in a deep, beautiful red guilloche enamel. The repeating patterns of the enamel look like hundreds of sun rays shining on the egg, making the pendant very eye-catching. The case itself is meticulously adorned with an engraved foliage motif. The use of different materials also adds to the charm of the pendant: enamel makes the surface very silky, while gilt adds a matte texture. It is truly an enchanting piece of jewelry. This exceptional Russian Silver Gilt Jewelry item is a highly sought-after collectible, especially for enthusiasts. We assume that this is a 19th-century Faberge pendant...
Category

Late 19th Century Russian Russian Empire Antique Fabergé

Materials

Gold Plate, Silver, Enamel, Gilt Metal

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Fabergé jewelry & watches for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a range of Fabergé jewelry & watches available on 1stDibs. Each of these unique items was designed with extraordinary care, often using gold. While looking for the most stylish antique or vintage Fabergé jewelry to pair with your ensemble, you’ll find that Fabergé diamond jewelry & watches, from our inventory of 64, can add a particularly distinctive touch to your look. We have 127 pieces in this collection as well as a number of other designs by this jeweler. art nouveau and Victorian are among the most popular styles of Fabergé jewelry & watches available on 1stDibs. While this collection reflects work that originated over various time periods, most of these items were designed during the 21st century and contemporary. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider jewelry & watches by and Michael Engelhardt. Prices for Fabergé jewelry & watches can differ depending upon gemstone, time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $750 and tops out at $489,327, while pieces like these, on average, can sell for $12,500.
Questions About Fabergé
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, Faberge makes fine jewelry and other items including silver tableware. Although Faberge is known around the world for their Easter eggs, the House of Faberge has a long history of creating exceptional jeweled items and paying great attention to detail. The brand is still in business today and offers a wide range of luxe jewelry options. On 1stDibs, find a collection of authentic Faberge pieces from some of the world’s top sellers.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Faberge watches are made in Geneva, Switzerland. Faberge is Renowned for its luxury jewelry and timepieces and has enthusiasts and collectors worldwide. Shop a collection of antique and contemporary Faberge watches from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.

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