The Fabergé Carnet de Bal collection of contemporary diamond classics celebrates the scintillating high society parties, balls and banquets that illuminated St Petersburg and Peter Carl Fabergé’s world. The intense whiteness and femininity of the jewels recalls exquisitely embellished white ball gowns, the brilliance of the diamonds echoes the blaze of lights and the warmth of fires, and their fluid lines capture the exuberance of fashionable dances. These modern romantic jewels, finely crafted, with all the soft richness of family heirlooms, are designed for day into evening wear, to be worn on their own, complemented by other Carnet de Bal jewels, or mixed with personal, much-loved treasures.
Carnet de Bal captures the sheer beauty, brilliance and romance of Russia’s legendary parties and celebrations. St Petersburg parties were breathtaking spectacles, exquisitely staged down to the finest details of exotic flowers, vast white damask and gilt-covered tables laden with delicacies, the dancing and entertainment, from gypsy singers to opera or ballet performances. Dazzling gowns embroidered and embellished with gems and beads, dashing uniforms, magnificent jewels, knots of diamonds, flirtatious fans and jewelled orders on silk ribbons, all added to the splendour. The light and lively movement of the designs, like the Mazurka Bangle, is inspired by the fashionable dances, the waltz, quadrille, cotillion and mazurka, while the flutter of a fan is transformed into the Eventail Ring, and the blaze of light and warmth embodied in the White Fire ring and Lustre pendant.