Paying homage to the forthcoming centenary of the last Imperial Eggs ever delivered, the Russian jeweller has crafted a one-of-kind egg objet in collaboration with the Al-Fardan family, one of the world’s most distinguished collectors of pearls.
Drawing inspiration from the formation of a pearl within an oyster, the Fabergé Pearl Egg features a mother-of-pearl exterior that opens to reveal a 12.17-karat grey pearl sourced from the Arabian Gulf.
An innovative mechanism enables the egg’s entire outer shell to rotate on its base, simultaneously opening in six sections to unveil the trinkets inside.
The objet contains a total of 139 fine, white pearls, 3,305 diamonds, carved rock crystal and mother-of-pearl set on white and yellow gold. According to Fabergé, each pearl adorning the egg was hand-selected by Hussain Ibrahim Al-Fardan from his private collection.
Hussain Ibrahim Al-Fardan, Chairman of the Alfardan Group, said: “I have a passion for natural pearls and it took me many years to build my current collection gathering some of the most extraordinary pearls in the world.
“Fabergé has a great history in making jewellery for royalty and a truly precious Fabergé Egg is a luxury treasure and the symbol of a long-gone era of opulence. This is why I partnered with Fabergé to combine these two traditional treasures: the Fabergé Egg and natural Arabian Gulf pearls, to create an exceptional piece.”
Fabergé was founded in 1842 and achieved global recognition for its artistry in creating objets d’art, jewellery and timepieces. The brand’s Imperial Easter Eggs, commissioned by the Russian Imperial Family, are widely recognised as the greatest masterpieces of the jeweller's art.
The Fabergé Pearl Egg is currently on display at the prestigious Doha Watch and Jewellery Exhibition, which runs until 28th February.