Faberge eggs are undoubtedly a masterpiece of jewelry, the dream of many of the wealthiest collectors. But, not everyone knows that Carl Faberge himself did not make these masterpieces.
Peter-Carl Faberge was born in 1846 in St. Petersburg, where his father Gustav had his own jewelry store, by the way, quite famous in the city. It is not surprising that Gustav decided to make his son a jeweler too, for which he sent the guy to Europe to learn the craft from the best specialists. True, Karl himself did not consider himself a capable jeweler, once even jokingly said that the main tool of a good jeweler was a belt, without which a real master could not be brought up. Karl explained: "I was not beaten, so nothing came of it."
But, in Europe, Carl Faberge showed himself to be a wonderful organizer, in all countries he was looking for young nuggets, inviting them to work in St. Petersburg. When in 1870 24-year-old Karl took over his father's company, more than a hundred craftsmen worked here - jewelers, stone cutters, cutters.
In 1882, a case changed the life of the owner of the Fabergé jewelry company. At the All-Russian Art and Industry Exhibition in Moscow, Emperor Alexander the Third himself became interested in Faberge products. And soon he even made a personal order - he asked to make an unusual gift for Easter for his wife Maria Feodorovna.
In the spring of 1883, an Easter gift was delivered to the emperor. It was an unusual egg made by the best Faberge jewelers. The emperor was delighted and instructed Charles to make such a gift annually. By the way, the tradition was continued by the next ruler - Nicholas II. He even ordered two pieces for his wife and mother.
The production of these masterpieces took almost an entire year, no egg was like another. And the favor of the royal family to the Faberge firm was a wonderful advertisement - there was no end to the customers. True, the famous Easter eggs were made only for the royal family. Although, there were rumors that Faberge did not miss a chance to make money here either - he secretly took orders from wealthy individuals that were far from royal blood.
Faberge House (St. Petersburg, Bolshaya Morskaya st., 24)
By the beginning of the First World War, Faberge already had more than 500 employees from various countries - real jewelry masters. True, the war seriously shook the financial condition of Faberge, many workers were sent to the army, and the number of orders dropped sharply.
After the revolution, Faberge's property was nationalized, and he had to flee to Europe. After long wanderings, Faberge settled in Switzerland, where he hoped to live in silence for the rest of his days.
The owner of a famous jewelry company died on September 24, 1920. Faberge, who was already 74 years old, violated the doctors' ban by deciding to smoke his favorite cigar. But he managed to smoke only half - Carl Faberge's heart stopped.