The Faberge company was established by Gustav Faberge, master jeweller to the Imperial Family of Russia, in St. Petersburg in 1842. Gustav’s son, the famous Karl Faberge (also known as Peter Carl Faberge) raised the prestige and artistry of the family firm to new heights around the turn of the century, experimenting with new and extremely fine techniques.
The firm is perhaps best known for their opulent jewelled eggs, of which around 50 were produced between 1885 and 1917. Tsars Alexander III and Nicholas II purchased several as Easter gifts for their wives and female relatives.
After the Russian Revolution, the Faberge family fled to France. The firm changed hands several times over the course of the 20th century, launching a number of luxury sister brands, including cosmetics and clothing.
As Meghan Markle attends dress fittings, Princess Charlotte starts nursery, and not to mention a few million of us watching a little show called The Crown: 2018 looks set to be a rather royal year. On January 17, Sotheby's will hold their Of Royal and Noble Descent auction in New York, which features a replica set of the British Crown Jewels which were ordered on the occasion of Queen Elizabeth's Coronation. We check out five auctions of some of the most incredible royal jewellery pieces.