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The first Barbie Doll ever created in fine porcelain. The only Barbie Doll series dedicated strictly to royalty and complete opulence. The only Barbie Doll inspired by and named after the famous Russian jeweler by the last name of Faberge. The only Barbie Doll more elite than the Platinum label series - the Fabergé™ Imperial Elegance™ Barbie® Doll. Faberge served the Russian royalty from 1885 until the fall of the Tsarist autocracy in 1917. 1917 marked the year of the Russian Revolution and the creation of the Soviet Union. One of the unique treasures his jewelry store created and gave world notoriety to were extreme opulent Easter eggs - eggs created in gold and high quality enamel and precious jewels. Eggs that opened and revealed yet another treasure. There has been nothing like it since and possibly never will. Faberge created a legacy with his jewelry and with his eggs. This legacy is celebrated in a porcelain version of Barbie in what has been called the Fabergé™ Imperial Elegance™ Barbie® Doll Fabergé™ Porcelain Barbie Collection. If you are seeking the ultimate in Barbie collectibles - look no farther - these collectible dolls are even more elite than the Platinum label collection. Journey with us as we learn the history of this opulent collection.
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Faberge Staysa Romanov from Franklin Mint
Fabergé™ Imperial Elegance™ Barbie® Doll
A porcelain doll is a doll made either partially or wholly out of bisque porcelain. The porcelain gives the doll a skin tone that is more realistic than any other material. The height of popularity was in France and Germany from 1860 through the turn of the century. Originally created as a true toy to be enjoyed by children. Bisque dolls have been highly collectible and prized by adults.
Collectors know the difference between the two types of porcelain dolls - glazed and unglazed. Often glazed dolls are referred to as china dolls and bisque dolls to unglazed dolls. Colloquically the terms "porcelain doll", "bisque doll" and "china doll" are often used interchangeably.
"Handcrafted in fine porcelain bisque, Fabergé™ Imperial Elegance™ Barbie® doll wears a regal gown of rich blue satin with a golden lamé underskirt. Both are lavishly embroidered with over 50,000 stitches and accented with over 175 hand-sewn gleaming Swarovski® crystals. 22K gold-plated latticework adorns her stunning, egg-shaped evening bag, which opens to reveal a miniature Swarovski® crystal heart. Her elegant faux pearl choker, golden and crystal drop earrings and dazzling tiara covered in 22K gold-plate add to the splendor that makes this one of the most glorious Barbie dolls ever. Hand numbered in 22K gold and limited to a worldwide production of 15,000 units. She is the first porcelain Barbie doll to use the Mackie head mold. The second magnificent doll in the Fabergé™ Porcelain Barbie Collection was inspired by the design of the Imperial Spring Flowers Easter Egg, presented by Tsar Alexander III to his wife, Marie Feodorovna. Barbie doll's spectacular red velvet gown, fashioned after the style of an Imperial Court dress, is elaborately embellished with golden embroidery, authentic Swarovski® crystals and exquisite faux pearls. Hand-painted and handcrafted of fine bisque porcelain, she even carries a breathtaking egg-shaped purse designed by a master jeweler and resplendent with 22k gold plating. A limited edition and hand-numbered in 22k gold, she is truly a rare doll for a rare collector. 1998
Faberge Imperial Elegance
Price: $375 (INQUIRE)
Faberge Imperial Splendor
Price: $285 (INQUIRE)"
An exquisite testament to the splendor that is Fabergé™, Imperial Grace™ Barbie® doll wears a regal, black velvet and ivory satin gown. Golden embroidery and elaborate beading lend rich embellishments. The jewelry suite of necklace, drop earrings, and headpiece add the beauty of faux pearls. Finally, the work of Peter Carl Fabergé inspires a perfect, golden egg-shaped purse which opens to reveal a precious crystal surprise.
Faberge Stasya Romanov Doll from Franklin Mint
This doll is perhaps one of the author's all time favorites. Crafted from the Franklin Mint, called "Faberge Stasya Romanov Doll" created with auburn hair. This exquisite doll created from the inspiration of the house of Faberge. Stasya wears a beautiful, triple-strand faux pearl necklace - a favorite of the late Jackie Kennedy. Stasya's elegant gown has heavily embroidered sleeves, sparkling Swarovski crystals and the entire ensemble is topped off with a a sliver-edged veil. This doll is only 16" tall, yet it is a collectible to be treasured by young and old alike.
The Romanov imperial dynasty ruled Russia from 1617 until the Russian Revolution in February 1917.
Anatasia (Stasya) was born June 18, 1901, Peterhof, Russia, sadly she died July 16/17, 1918, Yekaterinburg. She was the Grand Duchess of Russia and youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II. Stasya was executed at age 17 with the other members of her immediate family by the Bolsheviks in the Russian Revolution of 1917. Following the executions several women outside Russia claimed her identity.
1954 a French playwright immortalized the tale with a play that later
became a Hollywood film starring Ingrid Bergman. She won the 1956 Best
Actress Oscar for her portrayal of the youngest daughter of Russia's
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Paris International Exposition - 50 Million Visitors
From Sunday April 15th, 1900 and for an entire seven month period closing on November 12th, the Paris International Exposition introduced to 50 million visitors from around the world, the works of three famed artists Peter Carl Fabergé, Louis Comfort Tiffany, and Rene Lalique - artists whose work is now commonly referred to as simply Fabergé, Tiffany, and Lalique. Known for their excellence as both designers and fine artisans. Faberge being the goldsmith, world renown jewelry, Tiffany for stained glass and lamps and Lalique for high quality crystal designs. Three distinctively different artistic venues but all with the high standards of excellence.
Peter Carl Fabergé, 1846–1920
$18.5 Million Paid for Faberge Egg First Given as an Engagement Present Originally
Rothschild Faberge Egg
Fabergé's 57 Royal Easter Eggs
From 1885 up until 1917, Fabergé crafted
57 Easter eggs. The eggs service the Russian royals as an Easter tradition. Every egg was hand crafted made of the finest materials from precious
metals and precious and semi-precious gems. The craftsmanship was only equalled to the ingenuity and magnificence of each design. Every egg was resplendent in its own unique character and style. The exquisite detail was always denoted with elegance and frivolity. The most expensive egg in the word, the Rothschild's Faberge Egg has a beautiful and colorful rooster (also known as a cock or chanticleer, the male chicken) as a surprise element emerging from the top of the egg, hidden behind the useful timepiece.
Faberge Eggs and God's Love Letter
Tsar Nicholas II and the Romanov Family
Mystery of the Romanovs by National Geographic
History of the Faberge Eggs - Gustav and Carl
The House of Fabergé is a jewelry firm founded towards the end of the first half of the 19th century in Imperial Russia famed for designing elaborate jewel encrusted Fabergé Eggs for the Russian Tsars.
In the 1830s, when young Gustav Faberge moved to St. Petersburg, the capital of Russia, to train as a goldsmith under Andreas Ferdinand Spiegel, who specialized in making golden boxes. Later he continued his training with the celebrated firm of Keibel, goldsmiths and jewelers to the Tsars.
1841 Gustav Faberge Earned the Title of Master Goldsmith
1st Generation and Innovative Jeweler
From the 1830's until 1841, Gustav Faberge was an apprentice. It was not unitl the year 1841 when he earned the title of Master Goldsmith.
1842 was a momentuous year for Gustave Fabergé. He opened hir business in a basement. Later in that same year, Gustave would marry Charlotte Jungstedt, the daughter of Carl Jungstedt, an artist of Danish origin.
In 1846 the Gustave and Charlotte would have a son, who they named Peter Carl Fabergé, and who we know even today as simply "Carl Fabergé".
1853 Opened Retail Jewelry Shop - Fabergé
In 1853, after 12 years working in a basement studio, Gustav Faberge opened his own retail jewelry shop. The name he would choose was "Fabergé". He added an accent to his name. The theory being was to brand his elite image to his Russian clients in a manner more courtly. The item in vogue with Russian nobility at the time was to use the French language while attending the Russian Court. This French accent and implied influenced served to closely align the Fabergé with high-end, luxury goods.
"Carl Fabergé was educated at the Gymnasium of St Anne’s. This was a fashionable establishment for the sons of the affluent middle classes and the lower echelons of the nobility, providing an indication of the success of his father's business. Gustav Fabergé retired to Dresden in 1860 leaving the firm in the hands of managers outside of the Fabergé family while his son continued his education. The young Carl undertook a business course at the Dresden Handelsschule. At the age of 18 he embarked on a Grand Tour. Carl received tuition from respected goldsmiths in Germany, France and England, attended a course at Schloss’s Commercial College in Paris and viewed the objects in the galleries of Europe’s leading museums.
Carl returned to St Petersburg in 1872 at the age 26. For the following 10 years, his father’s Workmaster Hiskias Pendin acted as his mentor and tutor. In 1881, the company moved to larger street-level premises at 16/18 Bolshaia Morskaia."
1882 Carl Fabergé
Peter Carl Fabergé was born May 30, 1846 and died on September 24, 1920. In 1881, Pendin died and the running of the firm fell to Peter Carl or commonly known today as Carl Fabergé.
During this time it was common for Carl's firm to repair and restore objects in the Hermitage Museum. Because of this involvement, the Fabergé jewelry firm was invited to exhibit at the Pan-Russian Exhibition in Moscow.
One of the Fabergé pieces was a replica of a 4th century BC gold bangle from the Scythian Treasure in the Hermitage Museum. The story goes that Tsar Alexander III, Imperial Ruler of all of Russia declared that he could not distinguish Fabergé’s work from the original. The Tsar ordered the Hermitage Museum to display specimens from the House of Fabergé as examples of "superb contemporary Russian craftsmanship."
1885 Coveted Title - "Goldsmith by special appointment to the Imperial Crown"
In 1885 the House of Fabergé was bestowed with the coveted title "Goldsmith by special appointment to the Imperial Crown" beginning an association with the Russian Tsars.
"The House of Fabergé also stocked a full range of jewelry and other ornamental objects. There were enameled gold and silver gilt, as well as wooden photograph frames; carved hard stone figures of people, birds and animals; vases of flowers crafted in hard stones and precious metals, some perhaps enhanced by precious stones; gold and silver boxes; desk sets and timepieces. Quality was assured by every article made being approved by Carl Fabergé, or in his absence by his eldest son Eugène, before it was placed into stock. The minutest of faults would result in rejection.
The House of Fabergé won international awards and became Russia’s largest jewelry firm employing some 500 craftsmen and designers. In the early 20th century the HQ of the House of Fabergé moved to a purpose-built four storey building in Bolshaia Morskaia. Branches were also opened in Moscow, Odessa, Kiev and London. From England, the company made annual visits to the Far East. "
"The House of Fabergé was nationalized by the Bolsheviks in 1918. In early October, Carl Fabergé left St Petersburg on the last diplomatic train for Riga. The revolution in Latvia started in the middle of the following month and Carl was again fleeing for his life to Germany, first to Bad Homburg and then to Wiesbaden. The Bolsheviks imprisoned his sons Agathon and Alexander. Initially Agathon was released to value the valuables seized from the Imperial family, the aristocrats, wealthy merchants and Fabergé amongst other jewelers. But he soon was re-imprisoned when the Bolsheviks found it difficult to sell this treasure at Agathon’s valuations. With Europe awash with Russian jewels, prices had fallen. Madame Fabergé and her eldest son Eugène avoided capture by escaping under the cover of darkness through the snow-covered woods by sleigh and on foot. Towards the end of December 1918 they had crossed the border into the safety of Finland."
"Meanwhile Carl Fabergé was in Germany and became seriously ill. Eugène reached Wiesbaden in June 1920 and accompanied his father to Switzerland where other members of the family had taken refuge. Carl Fabergé died in Lausanne on September 24th 1920. His wife died in January 1925. Although Alexander managed to escape from prison when a friend bribed guards, Agathon did not succeed in making his escape from the USSR until 1927. Of the 69 known Fabergé eggs, only 61 have survived to the present day. The vast majority of them are stored in public museums, with the greatest number, 30, in Russia. There are 54 known Imperial eggs. Only 46 have survived.
Joseph Stalin had many of the eggs sold in 1927, after their value had been appraised by Agathon Fabergé. Between 1930 and 1933 fourteen Imperial eggs left Russia. Many of the eggs were sold to Armand Hammer, president of Occidental Petroleum and a personal friend of Lenin, whose father was founder of the United States Communist party, and Emanuel Snowman of the London antique dealers Wartski.
On November 27th, 2007 The Rothschild Fabergé Egg was auctioned at Christie's (London) in € 9,000,000. The Rothschild Fabergé Egg became the highest price ever paid for a Russian jewerly item, as well as the most expensive jewerly clock in the world to date.
GreatRussianGifts.com has a beautiful collection of Faberge Style egg shaped jewelry and jewelry boxes. Most of our high quality pieces are made of pewter, overlaid with enamel and trimmed with 24K Gold. Each piece is also decorated throughout with sparkling Swarovski crystals."
What Does a Goldsmith Do?
A goldsmith is the highest honor given to a metalworker. A goldsmith produces not just jewelry but also decorative and serviceable utensils such as ceremonial or religious items as flatware, platters, etc...A goldsmith is an expert in metal - from the soldering and casting to the polishing.
Universities and junior colleges offer goldsmithing, silversmithing and metal arts fabrication as a part of their fine arts curriculum.
"Goldsmiths generally require a combination of formal
instruction and on-the-job training/experience. Employers generally
prefer to hire goldsmiths who have a diploma in goldsmithing or
gemology. There are full-time courses, seminars, as well as
correspondence courses available. Other courses to consider are in
computer science, jewelry arts, geology, chemistry and physics. Another
good idea is to consider taking some courses in merchandising, business
administration, and marketing, especially if you plan on going into
business on your own.
Goldsmiths can also receive their training either through an apprenticeship program. Trade certification can be obtained either through an apprenticeship program or after several years of work experience. While trade certification is not mandatory in all areas to become a goldsmith, it can be a requirement for many employers and can also help secure employment.
Apprenticeship programs involve a combination of on-the-job training and classroom instruction. A pre-apprenticeship course may also be available which takes about five to six months to complete at a community college and is designed to help you get connected with a good company to apprentice with. It is important to apprentice with a reputable company as that is your education. While some apprenticeship programs may not require a high school diploma, it is important to note that employers generally prefer to hire high school graduates.
Apprenticeships can vary, however a typical apprenticeship lasts four to five years. The apprenticeship is a paid position however, wages are about 50 percent of what an employer pays the journeyperson, with yearly increases. After successfully completing the apprenticeship requirements, their industry training and apprenticeship office awards the goldsmith a certificate of completion." Schoolsintheusa.com
Fabergé Elegance Lives On
Throughout generations and throughout different imperial powers and even throughout the world, the one lasting quality is the elegance and beauty of Carl Fabergé 's work. In the Fabergé™ Imperial Elegancé™ Barbie® Doll Collection and in the Franklin Mint collections, the artistic endeavors and triumph of this great Russian artisan lives on - through the beauty and opulence of these collectible dolls and works of art. These collectible dolls are a great testament to the stamina of beauty and a reminder of the importance of history.
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