Timed for the start of the season and perfect for festive gifting, the Heritage Yellow and White Gold Diamond and Black Enamel Seal Pup Surprise Locket and Heritage White and Yellow Gold Diamond and White Enamel Carved Mother of Pearl Rose Surprise lockets are enchanting additions to Fabergé’s popular Heritage collection. This collection celebrates Fabergé’s passion for surprise and wit, and showcases complex traditional techniques, such as the delicate art of guilloché enamelling and hand-engraving.
Peter Carl Fabergé was renowned for crafting quirky 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.
The Heritage Yellow and White Gold Diamond and Enamel Seal Pup Surprise Locket contains 16 round brilliant cut white diamonds. These are set in an 18k white gold locket, which hang from an 18k yellow gold bail and chain. The adorable seal pup is crafted from white-as-snow lacquer with yellow gold whiskers. It peers from the locket wide-eyed, sitting atop an Amazonian and Silicated Agate platform that gives the appearance of freshly fallen snow.
The Heritage Yellow and White Gold Diamond and Enamel Carved Mother of Pearl Rose Surprise Locket is equally eye-catching. It also contains 16 round brilliant cut white diamonds embedded into a white gold locket, with one held back to form the centre of the rose within, and has an 18k yellow gold bail and chain. The rose itself is made from carved mother of pearl and it sits majestically atop green enamelled leaves fringed with 18k gold.
Both of these lockets embody the history, timelessness and superior craftsmanship for which Fabergé and the Heritage collection have become synonymous. They also capture the magic of winter and the festive season in a most understated and elegant way.
These two lockets join the series of festive surprise lockets, which include the Polar Bear, Star, Snowflake and Penguin surprises. Both lockets retail for £12,960/$13,500 and are available to view at faberge.com
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