Easter is over, who can stand chocolate eggs anymore ? We don’t. However, if we say Fabergé, you may automatically picture eggs – and you would be partially wrong. Back from Baselworld, where The Eye of Jewelry met with over 47 brands, it is without a doubt that the winner of the fair is the egg master for many reasons – the first being that they have won the doublet award with their watches and jewelry launches.
For many, many and many years, Fabergé was almost if not only known for their eggs represented as pendant, sculptures or earrings. With the acquisition of the brand by Gemfields two years ago- the world’s leading supplier of responsibly sourced gemstones and largest producer of emeralds (20% of the global supply), Fabergé fans have experienced the re-birth of the brand at a super high-level of quality.
Although Peter Carl Fabergé has always been working closely with the art of watchmaking, he was never awarded for that merit. Thanks to the Grand Prix de l’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG – the Oscars of Watches) Fabergé was awarded last November for the Best Lady Complicated Watch with the Lady Compliquée Peacock (see our previous article) – a piece they unveiled during Baselworld 2015 as a stricking come-back.
After proving their ability to set a foot in the complicated world of watchmaking – working closely with Agenhor, Fabergé decided to go one step further in taking advantage of their internal ressources : precious stones !
Amongst the stunning launches of the 2016 Basel Fair, Fabergé emphasized their creations around the emerald. Nothing too surprising considering the access to that precious stone.
From the Dalliance collection, Libertine I first shows a massive dial made of green – which is technically a 36 mm red gold case set with a snow-set of emeralds unusually carved, cut and polished to show the Gemfield’s Zambian mine ground located in Kagen. Fine gold Filigree outline the banks of the region’s rivers and delicate golden leaf-shaped hands subtly indicate the time !
As part of the same collection Libertine II shows a dial fully paved with diamonds where the heart of the dial represents a 2.22 carats hand-carved emerald flower surrounded by mother of pearl and diamond petals. A delicate yet meticulous work of art… extremely complicated to achieve without breaking the emerald in the process. The two Fabergé Lady Libertine I & II are mounted with an automatic Agenhor movement AGH 6911 caliber developed by Jean-Marc Wiederrecht and his team.
On the jewelry side, there are two things to remember. First of all, the Fabergé eggs have been newly renamed Treasure. Each egg of the Treasure collection is a pendant fully paved with an invisible setting of rubies, sapphires or multi-colored stones… Fabergé is flirting for the first time with a bling-bling style transforming the egg almost in a grenade! Yes, bling-bling we said it! Yet, it truly is an astounding beauty and a jewelry masterpiece!
Simply picture your inner self wearing flare jeans, a short leather jacket with custom Stansmiths on your feet, the perfect white cotton shirt and a Treasure pendant around your neck…. Trust us, your will be ready for the Red Carpet !
All of the above can only trigger some sort of emotion. Funny enough, it is the name of the next Fabergé jewelry collection we are about to present. Made of organic shaped rings, the Emotion collection offers random settings of pavé and vivid colored stones emphasized by their intense hues of blue, red and green. Light, comfortable, modern and affordable – which is not negligible… the Emotion Collection is a must – but just to be safe, go check it out yourself !