The splendor of the tsarist era
Sapphire & diamond bangle by Fabergé, St. Petersburg circa 1890
Russia on the threshold of the 20th century: Under the last tsar of the Romanov dynasty, Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra, the country - despite all adversities - once again experiences a cultural flowering. In St. Petersburg, the fabulously wealthy nobility celebrated in their palaces. Artists such as Tolstoy, Chekhov and Tchaikovsky create masterpieces that are still the epitome of the Russian soul today. The name Fabergé has become synonymous with the lavish splendor of this era. His creations were an indispensable status symbol of the elite. This bangle exemplifies the qualities of Fabergé. Made of 56 zolotnik gold (equivalent to 583/000) with a fine matt gilding, the piece of jewellery consists of a simple ring with an angular profile, which is divided into fine bars on the front. At their centre, they hold a midnight blue sapphire cabochon. Like tiny sparkling stars, the large dark blue gemstone is surrounded by a multitude of diamond roses. Based on the old Saint Petersburg assay stamp and the design, the bangle can be dated quite accurately to before 1899. The effective design, which shows off all the elements beautifully, immediately explains the fame Fabergé held until the fall of the Tsarist Empire, and which is legendary today. The present signed bangle has everything one could wish for in a piece of Fabergé jewelry. The workmanship of all the pieces is masterful, the materials used are top notch, and the preservation is wonderful. This is a gorgeous, exceptionally rare bangle from Tsarist Russia; a perfect gift and elegant statement piece that tells of Russia's ancient splendor.
Carl Fabergé, born in St. Petersburg in 1846, became the court jeweller of the Russian tsars with his absolutely exceptional pieces of jewellery, above all the world-famous Fabergé eggs, and supplied the whole of Europe with precious and exceptional luxury jewellery around 1900. There was not a crowned head of Europe who did not aspire to call some of the objects he produced his own. The extravagant eggs set with diamonds and precious stones, for example, which always contained the most ingenious strokes of mechanical genius and other witty surprises, were at the same time family gifts of the Romanoffs and state presents of the very highest quality.
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