Peter Carl Fabergé

A Russian goldsmith, jeweller and designer, Peter Carl Fabergé was born on May 18th 1846 in St. Petersburg, Russia, and died on September 24th 1920 in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Educated in Europe and England, Fabergé took over his father's jewellery business in St. Petersburg in 1870. The objects he designed quickly won him the patronage of European and Russian royalty. Specializing in gold, silver, malachite, jade, lapis lazuli, and gemstones, he manufactured not only conventional jewellery but also objects of fantasy, much of it inspired by the decorative arts of the Louis XVI style.

He opened workshops in Moscow, Kiev, and London and became most famous for his jewelled Easter eggs for Alexander III and Nicholas II.  His workshops were shut down after the 1917 revolution, and he died in exile.