Court Supplier to the Czars:
The First Imperial Easter Egg:
The egg was a gift to the Czarina Maria. It reminded her of home and each year thereafter, a new egg was commissioned by the Czar and created by Fabergé for the Czarina. The eggs became elaborately more jeweled, conveyed historical meaning and had a hidden surprise.
Each Year Another Imperial Egg :
A total of fifty Imperial eggs were made for the Russian Czars, but several have been lost. There were seven additional eggs made for Alexander and Varvara Kelkh.
Imperial Eggs Return to Russia:
But before the auction took place, a private sale took place and the entire collection was bought by Victor Vekselberg and taken back to Russia.
Not All Eggs are Fabergé:
The Bottom Line:
Today there are several ways to own an egg associated with the name of Faberge. There are authorized reproductions of the Imperial eggs, eggs created by the descendants of Carl Faberge and eggs made by the company authorized to use the name Faberge. Confusing? Yes, but like all collecting, always do your research before purchasing!
The only company licensed and authorized to reproduce the Imperial eggs is Faberge World. They also have an authorized Collector's Society.
The company also produces flatware, crystal, frames, silver pieces and ornaments under the Fabergé name.
NOTE: At the time of this update, this company no longer has an appearance on the Internet, did it close or have it's license changed?
St. Petersburg Collection
Descendants of Peter Carl Fabergé also create eggs in the Fabergé tradition for the St. Petersburg Collection.. If you're intrigued by the history of Fabergé, be sure to read the history of the Fabergé family on the web site. It's the stuff of good mystery novels and includes information on the copyright and trademark of the Fabergé name.
Victor Mayer Jewelers
In 1989, its legal successor, Fabergé Co., New York, appointed the Pforzheim jeweler Victor Mayer as the exclusive worldwide workmaster for Fabergé and authorized it to market the precious Fabergé works of art through the members of the Collegium Fabergé. Ever since then Victor Mayer has been selling exquisite jewels and Objets d’ Art, and is continuing the life-work of Peter Carl Fabergé.