Bedazzler Peter Carl Fabergé
Peter Carl Fabergé was born on May 30, 1846 and grew up to become the original bedazzler. Born in Saint Petersburg, Russia to the German jeweler Gustav Fabergé and his Danish wife Charlotte Jungstedt, Peter is best known for his bejeweled eggs. His eggs were made in the style of Easter Eggs but instead of paint, he used enameling, crystals and precious gems. Moreover, they are quite beautiful as well.
Peter was not a poor orphan boy; his story is not that kind of inspirational tear jerking story. His Father was a respected jeweler and the house of Faberge produced jewelry that bedecked royalty. Peter, after being educated and visiting goldsmiths throughout Europe, took over the family business when his father retired, along with his brother Agathon. At that time, the business moved from making the fashionable jewelry and become more artist-jewelers. This resulted in reviving the lost art of enameling and concentrating on setting every single stone in a piece to its best advantage. So meticulous were the brothers that it was not unusual for Agathon to make ten or more wax models before deciding on a final design. The House introduced objects deluxe: gold bejeweled items embellished with enamel ranging from electric bell pushes to cigarette cases, including objects de fantaisie.
In 1885, Tsar Alexander III gave the House of Fabergé the title; ‘Goldsmith by special appointment to the Imperial Crown’ and commissioned the company to make an Easter egg as a gift for his wife, the Empress Maria. The following year the Tsar placed another order. From 1887 on, Carl Fabergé was given complete freedom with regard to design, which became more and more elaborate. According to the Fabergé Family tradition, not even the Tsar knew what the eggs would look like. The only rule they followed was that each egg should contain a surprise. The next Tsar, Nicholas II, ordered two eggs each year, one for his mother and one for his own wife, Alexandra. The tradition continued until the October Revolution.
Although the House of Fabergé is famed for its Easter Eggs, it made many more objects ranging from silver tableware to fine jewelry. Fabergé became the largest jewelry business in Russia, opening branches in Moscow, Odessa, Kiev and London and producing some 150,000 to 200,000 objects from 1882 until 1917.