Most known for his intricate Imperial Easter Eggs & enamel objects, Carl Fabergé between the years 1882 and 1917 actually produced some 200,000 – 300,000 different items ranging from fine jewelry to silver tableware.
In 1882, when he took control of his father’s company, Carl Fabergé, together with his brother Agathon, moved the direction of the House of Fabergé from producing the then fashionable 18th cen. French style jewelry to becoming artist jewelers.
In so doing, he revitalized the lost art of enameling. He also pursued the use of non-precious materials setting each stone and using each material to its best advantage. Raw materials such as agates and quartz in all its varieties became the source of inspiration and the designs that followed resulted organically from studying and interpreting them.
It is this use of non-precious materials, often favoring design and craftsmanship, over their intrinsic value, that defines Carl Fabergé as a true artist jeweler.
His carved miniature hardstone animals, people and flowers created using no precious materials at all except very tiny precious stones set as eyes or small accents, were very popular in his shops during his life time and continue to fetch large sums at auction today.