Friday, 29 December 2017

The Lost Faberge Eggs

Peter Carl Fabergé and his brother Agathon were Russian jewellers of French descent based in St. Petersburg. They became famous for the quality and beauty of their work.

In 1885 Tsar Alexander III (House of Romanov) commissioned the production of the gold and enamel 'Hen Egg' for his wife the Empress Maria.
The tsarina and the tsar enjoyed the egg so much that Alexander III ordered a new egg from Fabergé for his wife every Easter thereafter.

Fabergé was made ‘Goldsmith by Special Appointment to the Imperial Crown’ and over the next 33 years 52 eggs were made for the Russian Royal Family as well as a further 15 for other private buyers.
The 1917 Russian Revolution toppled Tsar Nicholas II who was executed along with much of the royal family in July 1918. The Fabergé eggs and many other treasures of the Royal family were confiscated and stored in the vaults of the Kremlin Armoury. Some were sold to raise funds for the new regime.

Over time eight of the original 52 Imperial eggs vanished and their whereabouts remained a mystery.

Imperial Coronation Egg

The Rosebud Egg
A $14,000 sale find turned into millions of dollars for a man who'd been thwarted in his attempts to turn a quick profit by selling the tiny ornament to scrap metal dealers. The man overestimated what the tiny golden egg would be worth once melted down. He'd been hoping to make $500.

He typed "egg" and the name engraved on the clock it contained,"Vacheron Constantin", into Google. His search brought up a 2011 article in Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper describing a "frantic search" for the object: the Third Imperial Easter Egg, made by Faberge for the Russian royal family and estimated to be worth millions.

The Third Imperial Easter Egg is one of 50 delivered by Fabergé to Emperors Alexander III and Nicholas II from 1885 to 1916, and until its recent discovery was one of eight lost eggs. Only two others of the lost eggs are thought to have survived the revolution.

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Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Michele della Valle

Designer-jeweller Michele della Valle dreams in colour, conjuring up lyrical compositions from a treasure trove of gemstones. Rare and precious or unexpected and mysterious, he has become celebrated among elite collectors and connoisseurs.

Whether in his design studio overlooking Lake Geneva, visiting the atelier in Rome or on his boat in the Mediterranean, Michele della Valle developed his distinctive style and became one of the most sought-after jewellers in the world.

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Royal Mint Unveils The Red Dragon of Wales

Dragons are found in legends all over the world, and are associated with strength, wisdom and power.
The Red Dragon of Wales captures the spirit of the Welsh nation. The Red Dragon was an emblem of Owen Tudor, the grandfather of Henry VII. Henry’s troops carried the red dragon standard at the Battle of Bosworth.
The Red Dragon emerged from heroic traditions of King Arthur and his father Uther Pendragon, to become a Royal Beast of the Tudor monarchs. From there it has become the emblem of the modern Welsh nation.

Monday, 25 December 2017

Top Ruby of 2017

Oval ruby weighing 13.26 carats, with two rose-cut diamonds. $10,452,800.

Christie’s sold a 5-carat Burmese ruby in May for nearly $13 million.

An 8.17-carat pigeon’s blood Burmese ruby $5.4m.

Cushion-shaped Burma ruby, 8.27 carats. $5.4m

A 15.01-carat ruby. $3.5m.

Burmese rubies of 4.04 and 4.03 carats. $3.2m.
“The Grand Phoenix” features 24 exceptional pigeon’s blood rubies, each ranging in weight from 1 to 6 carats for a total of 59.83 carats, plus 100.21 carats of D-color flawless and internally flawless diamonds. It’s valued at $35 million.