Famous fine jeweller Fabergé has introduced a stunning new Yellow Gold Diamond and Guilloché Enamel Bee Surprise Locket to its Heritage collection, with proceeds from the sale supporting the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.
The partnership, revealed on Wednesday 25th October, means that for every locket sold, Fabergé will donate $1,350 to the Foundation, to finance the actions of its Forests and Communities Initiative (FCI).
The Heritage Yellow Gold Diamond & Guilloché Enamel Bee Surprise Locket is crafted in 18k yellow gold and hand-painted with a peach coloured guilloché enamel. The little bee itself is hand-painted in black and orange lacquer and sits upon a yellow agate stone platform, with subtle honeycomb engraving. The outer case of the egg locket features 15 round brilliant-cut white diamonds.
According to the company, “The Heritage collection celebrates Fabergé’s passion for surprise and showcases complex traditional techniques, such as the delicate art of guilloché enamelling and hand-engraving”.
Fabergé was renowned for crafting little animals from hardstone as charms and ornaments. Art historians have described these creations – the Fabergé menagerie – as possessing “psychologically interpretive aspects”, or human-like qualities. The accentuation of specific characteristics of each subject also gave them distinctive personalities. Fabergé often combined these hardstones with precious metals and coloured gems, seamlessly integrating each with the other to produce miniature works of art.
“These precious creations are, therefore, a perfect example of Fabergé’s trademark style,” says the company.
The Forests and Communities Initiative (FCI) was created in 2022 to support conservation of forest ecosystems through the action of indigenous peoples and local communities.
The Bee Surprise retails for €15,480 and is available to view at faberge.com.
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