On 30 May 1846 Carl Faberge, the son of Gustav Faberge, was born. He was the one who brought the worldwide fame to the family with his masterpieces. And he made it due to an incredible round-the-world trip! At the age of 18 young Carl Faberge went on a cruise to learn all the secrets of the technology of jewelry, used in the world at the moment. He absorbed all the information, so became an experienced jeweler by the age of 26.
Officially, the cooperation of Carl Faberge with the Imperial Family started in 1885, when he got his first order from Alexander III, who was impressed and amazed by the skill and talent of the jeweler. The Emperor wished to make a surprise for his wife, and ordered an Easter egg, which would remind the Empress Maria about her motherland.
The result was outstanding, and there was the decision to make such souvenirs every year, and even a few pieces, so in total there were 54 eggs made for the Imperial family, each one with its own unique design.
Totally, there were 71 Faberge egg, and in 2015 there appeared one more unique example of the production of Faberge Jewelry. Now Faberge eggs exist in 9 countries. The majority is kept in Russia (25 pieces), a little fewer – in the USA (22 pieces), and in the rest of the countries there are 1-3 items. We still do not know anything about the missing 11 Easter eggs.
In 2014 an incredible discovery was made – one of the lost Faberge eggs was found on a flee market in the USA. The cost was estimated as 33 million dollars.
After the Soviet Revolution the Faberge Jewelry ceased to be one of the leading workshops in the market. There was a period when two firms operated under the name of Faberge at the same time. One of them was located in the USA and produced perfume, and the other was registered by carl Faberge’s sons. However, both companies changed quite a few owners.
Only in 2007 a businessman from South Africe called Brian Gilbertson bought all the rights for Faberge name. He planned to revive the fame of the world-known jeweler. Nowadays the brand exists and actively participates in the jeweler’s life in the world.