21 January 2012

Fabergé Brooches, Part III

The Russian firm, Faberge, made beautiful brooches, which now are incredibly collectible and valuable. Faberge were masters at enamelwork, especially the techniques of guilloche and moire enamels.

 A beautiful chartreuse green enamel brooch bordered in seed pearls with three diamond bows and a golden garland.

 A very Faberge piece, made with translucent guilloche blue enamel and diamonds.

 Another piece with a bright blue enamel and gold and diamonds.

 A delicate Faberge bar brooch, with a center cabochon chalcedony and diamonds.

 A mosaic brooch, very similar to the mosaic Faberge Imperial Easter Egg in the possession of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain.

 A brooch in the form of a picture frame. The center stone is moss agate, which gives the appearance of a landscape of trees.

 A triangle brooch, with a center rainbow opal, thickly edged in diamonds.

 An art deco brooch, with rainbow circles, a diamond in the center of each.

 During the first world war, the Grand Duchess Elizabeth, in addition to the Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna the Younger, and others, worked as nurses to help with the war effort. This brooch undoubtedly was commissioned by a member of the imperial family to wear with their nurse uniforms.

An imperial brooch, a sketch by Faberge, which is made from sapphires and diamonds. Its design matches a tiara of Empress Alexandra Fedorovna's, also made by Faberge.