Terms & Conditions

Fabergé Terms and Conditions of Sale

These Terms and Conditions apply to all sales made on our web site or in our company stores (currently in London, New York and Geneva). Unless we tell you otherwise, they do not apply to any purchases you make from Authorised Fabergé Retailers or other outlets - those retailers will have their own terms and conditions of sale.

1        Who We Are     

The particular Fabergé entity you contract with to sell your purchase to you varies depending on how and where you purchase your items. In all instances, we will refer to this party as “Fabergé”, or “us” or “we” etc in this agreement.

If you purchase your items ONLINE or at our LONDON store, the seller is Fabergé (UK) Limited, whose registered office is 23 King Street, London SW1Y 6QY.  
If you purchase your items from our GENEVA store, the seller is Fabergé Suisse S.A., whose registered address is Grand Hotel Kempinski Arcades, Quai du Mont-Blanc 19, 1201 Genève, Switzerland.
If you purchase your items from our NEW YORK store, the seller is Fabergé Inc, whose registered address is 2711 Centreville Road, Suite 400, Wilmington 19808, Delaware, USA.

In general, to contact us, you should do so at sales@faberge.com

2        Eligibility and Personal Details

By placing an order with us you must be legally capable of entering into a contract with us. This normally includes being at least 18 years of age.
You confirm that the information you provide about yourself is true, accurate and complete and that you are the person referred to in the billing information. If any information changes, you should advise us straight away.
For online sales, you promise to keep your login details secure and not give them to anybody else. You must notify us immediately if you think there has been a breach of security or unauthorised use of your account.
We do not guarantee that you will be able to make online purchases in all countries, or that we will accept all payment cards.
By making an offer (asking) to purchase merchandise from us you authorise us to carry out credit checks, to transmit or obtain information about you to or from third parties in any jurisdiction, to authenticate your identity, and to process your personal information to complete the transaction. See our Privacy Policy for how we may use your personal information.

3        How the Contract for Sale is Formed

ALL OFFERS TO BUY OR SELL MERCHANDISE ARE CONDITIONAL ON THE MERCHANDISE BEING AVAILABLE FOR SALE AT THE TIME OF INTENDED DELIVERY.
If you are purchasing IN-STORE, the contract to purchase is formed when you agree with our sales assistant to purchase a particular item, even if you don’t pay for it right then. Simply asking to see an item that is not in stock does not create a contract to buy it. Paying a deposit would be taken as evidence of a contract to buy the item. If you subsequently change your mind, depending on applicable law and subject to our cancellation and returns policy, we do not have to refund your deposit or purchase price.
If you ask us to make a personalised item or some other item especially for you then our agreement to make it and part payment by you will create the contract. From that point on you will be liable for the full contract price. We do not accept cancellations or returns on personalised items or items made especially for you.
For ONLINE contracts, your order constitutes an offer to Fabergé that you will buy the merchandise. All orders are subject to acceptance by us. Our online sales procedure is intended to make available for sale only those items we have in stock and items for delivery to countries in the drop down menu. If there is any discrepancy between the sales procedure and these terms and conditions of sale, these terms and conditions take precedence. Not all items advertised on our web site are available for sale online. Items in your shopping basket are not necessarily secure and may be purchased by other customers. We will confirm receipt of your order (Order Confirmation Receipt) but the contract will not be formed until we have checked availability and actually despatched the order to you. We will send you a Despatch Confirmation when the order has been despatched to you. The Despatch Confirmation serves to confirm that the contract has been formed and also advises you of the delivery details.
If you do not receive an Order Confirmation Receipt within 5 hours of placing your order, or you do not receive a Despatch Confirmation within 5 days of placing your order, you should contact our online sales staff at sales@faberge.com.

We take care to ensure that the colours of items you see on our web site give an accurate representation of the colour of the item. However, computer monitors vary and there may be some distortion in transmission so we cannot guarantee that the colour you see on your computer screen will be completely accurate.

Ownership of any items you have agreed to buy from us will pass to you at the latter of the time you take delivery of the items or the time you pay for them in full. We do not normally give customers items “on approval” or allow them to take possession of merchandise before it is paid for in full. On the rare occasion that we might allow customers to take possession of goods before they are paid for, the customer will be fully responsible for the merchandise after they have taken possession of it, and if it is lost or damaged, the customer will have to pay for it.

4        Price, Taxes, Payment and Delivery

For IN-STORE purchases, the price you actually pay will include any taxes applicable in that jurisdiction. However, in some countries, for example the USA, the displayed or advertised price may not include sales tax which will be added at the time of purchase. You may be entitled to refunds from Customs when leaving a jurisdiction where you bought an item if you are permanently exporting the item. You may also be liable for customs duty or tax for items imported into another jurisdiction. If you are exporting an item you should check the tax implications with the authorities in the country of your intended destination.

For ONLINE purchases, the prices displayed on our website for online sales depend on the country the goods will be delivered to, and for the countries in the drop down menu, the quoted price is the “delivered price” (i.e. includes taxes, insurance, shipping). If you want delivery to a country not on the drop down menu, please contact sales@faberge.com. For deliveries to New York State, NY State Sales Tax will be added to the “delivered price”.

We try to ensure that all our advertised prices are accurate, but errors may sometimes occur. If we discover an error in the price of an advertised item or an item you have ordered, we will contact you as soon as possible. You will have an option to reconfirm your order at the correct price or to cancel it.

You may pay for your merchandise by credit card, debit card or bank transfer. If you are buying in-store you may be able to pay with cash but local stores will have to comply with local money laundering and other legislation which may restrict the amount of cash we are allowed to accept. All debit and credit card holders are subject to validation checks and if the issuer of your card refuses to authorise payment, we will not be liable for any delay or non-delivery.

For online sales we will arrange for delivery to the delivery address but we and our agents reserve the right to delay or decline delivery to any address for security or other reasons. If delivery cannot be made at your chosen address, we will ask you to provide an alternative address.

We take reasonable care to keep details of your order and payment secure but third parties are necessarily involved in processing your card information. In the absence of negligence by Fabergé, we will not be liable for any loss you suffer for unauthorised access to any data you provide us when ordering from our web site or in-store.

  1. Cancellations and Returns

Cancellations
If you buy ONLINE, many jurisdictions give you the right to cancel your order and return items for a short period after you have received them. In the European Union this period is 14 days. Where you bought online, we will honour any such period which is effective in the jurisdiction we delivered your merchandise to. In order to cancel your online order under applicable law, you must write to us at our London address or email us at sales@faberge.com, using the subject heading “Cancellation of Sale in Cooling Off Period.” If you cancel under applicable law (where it is available) we will give you a full refund. You must return the full order to us at our London address at your cost, you must arrange for its insurance at the price you paid for it, and the items must be returned unused and in their original condition and with original packaging and certificates. Except where otherwise required by applicable law, we will not accept items returned if they are used or damaged or returned without their original packaging, or if the sale was not an online sale or if the item was specially made or personalised for you.
In some jurisdictions you may be entitled to cancel online orders if they are not delivered to you within a defined or reasonable time from placing your order, and you have not agreed to a specific delivery date. In the European Union, the defined period is 30 days (unless you have agreed something else with us). We will try to get your order to you as soon as possible and we will honour any law applicable in the jurisdiction the merchandise is intended to be delivered to, that gives you the right to cancel for delayed delivery. If you wish to cancel under this law you should write to us at our London address or email us at sales@faberge.com using the heading “Cancellation of Sale for Non Delivery.” If you cancel under this law (where it is available) we will give you a full refund.

Returns
In addition to the legal rights provided in some jurisdictions to cancel your contract for sale (as above), we also offer all customers, both online and in-store, the opportunity to return unwanted items to us for store credit or exchange within 30 days of delivery of the items. The items must be returned within 30 days to the store where you purchased them, or to our London address if you purchased online, and they must be returned unused and in their original condition, with original packaging and certificates. We will exchange or give you a store credit note for returned items (at your option) to the price you paid for the item subject to any special conditions of sale. Items that have been specially made for you and personalised items cannot be returned under this policy. You must use the credit note at the same store (or online) you purchased the item from and you must use it within 12 months of the original purchase. We cannot give a cash refund for any part of your store credit but you can use it to purchase any available items.  We will normally refund tax and duty on the item too, but we cannot do this for items purchased on the web site and you will have to take responsibility yourself for claiming refunds if they are available in your jurisdiction. You must arrange and pay for all insurance, post and packaging costs if you return goods under this policy.

Where appropriate we will resize rings, free of charge within 90 days of purchase, but resizing will not always be possible. We will treat your request sympathetically, but we reserve the right to offer this service completely at our discretion.

  1. Warranty

We offer a lifetime warranty to our customers against manufacturing defects in all jewellery and objets we sell. For watches, the warranty is for three years from the date of purchase. This means that if a manufacturing defect becomes apparent during the guarantee period in any of those items we sell you, we will fix the defect (where reasonably possible) at no cost to you. If we cannot fix the manufacturing defect at a reasonable cost we will discuss some other form of compensation with you. This warranty covers gifts you buy for others and give to them within one year of purchase, but it does not extend to any other disposition of the product. Of course, you must take good care of the product, comply with any care recommendations we suggest and if the item requires servicing, then it must be serviced regularly. You must be able to provide proof that you bought the item from us.
You should always ensure you have insurance to cover loss of stones or other accidental loss or damage to any item. We will not be liable for loss of or damage to stones under this warranty, or for any indirect loss you suffer due to a manufacturing defect in any item you have purchased from us.
This warranty does not affect any legal rights you may have if you have been supplied with faulty goods.
If your item is damaged in an accident or by normal wear and tear, please contact our sales team at sales@faberge.com and we will try to provide a quote for repair where possible.

  1. General

We may change these terms and conditions at any time but once you have purchased an item, the terms and conditions current at the time of your purchase will apply.
If any of these terms and conditions is invalid or unenforceable, the remainder will continue to have full force and effect.
These terms and conditions will not be binding on our assignees or successors unless they adopt these terms and conditions or they are affiliated with Fabergé.
If we breach these terms and conditions we will be liable only for your direct losses and the reasonably foreseeable consequences of our breach.
Our liability is limited to the price you paid for the goods purchased from us.
We will not be responsible to you for any delay or failure to comply with our obligations if the delay or failure arises from any cause beyond our reasonable control.
We do not seek to limit our liability for death or personal injury arising from our negligence, or to exclude liability for fraudulent misrepresentation by ourselves or our agents.

Orders placed in the U.S. are subject to the law of the State of New York, excluding principles of conflicts of law, and all disputes regarding deliveries to U.S. addresses shall be resolved in the courts located in New York, New York.

Privacy Policy

PRIVACY POLICY

We appreciate that protection of your privacy is very important to you. Accordingly, the Fabergé group will only use personal information you give us for strictly limited purposes. Your personal information includes details like your name, email addresses, physical addresses, phone numbers. We do not hold or transmit your credit card details. These are held directly by WorldPay, our payment service provider. We will hold and use your personal data only for authorised purposes such as dealing with any enquiries you make to us, including registering you as a user on our web site if you request it, carrying out appropriate credit or identity checks if you want to buy something from us, processing your order, delivering your purchases to you. We may pass your data on to third parties in different jurisdictions for these purposes.

We will not pass your personal information on to parties outside the Fabergé group for marketing purposes, but we may use it for our own marketing and in offering you our products and services, or inviting you to events. This may mean your personal information is passed to a Fabergé group company outside the jurisdiction where you live. You will of course be entitled to opt out of receiving our marketing information if you wish.

We and our service providers collate statistical information about website traffic, sales and other commercial information, but these statistics are not passed to other parties.

Our website uses cookies (a cookie is a piece of software that is stored on your computer or mobile device by your web browser which allows the website to remember your preferences). Most browsers are automatically set to accept cookies but usually you can alter the settings of your browser to prevent automatic acceptance. If you chose not to accept cookies, you will still be able to use most of the features on our website. However, if you do experience any problems or questions then please contact us at info@faberge.com.

Please note that we may disclose your personal data to regulatory or other bodies in order to comply with any legal obligation. This may include exchanging information with other organisations for the purpose of fraud prevention.

By giving us your personal information, you promise that the personal data you give us is accurate, that you will let us know if it changes, and you agree that we may hold and use your data for the purposes set out above and any other lawful purpose.

This Policy reflects Fabergé’s current practices but may be changed and updated. The last update will be noted at the end of this Policy.

You may ask Fabergé for access to or to correct, update or delete information about you by contacting our team at info@faberge.com.

CONDITIONS OF USE OF OUR WEB SITE

This website is owned and operated by Fabergé (UK) Limited which has its registered office at 23 King Street, London SW1Y 6QY, United Kingdom.

If you do not wish to accept these terms and conditions of use of our website, you should not use our website. By using our website, you agree to these terms and conditions of use. We may revise these terms- if we do the latest date of update will be noted at the end of these terms.

1          Intellectual Property Rights

The Fabergé group is the owner or licensee of the intellectual property rights (designs, images, graphics, photographs, sounds, videos, copyright, trademarks etc) in the website and any material published on it. This material, including the design of any items featured on the website, is protected by intellectual property laws around the world.

Nothing on this website or any material displayed on it (including the design of any items featured) may be copied, reproduced, adapted, downloaded, distributed, or used or exploited in any way, in whole or in part, without the prior express written permission of Fabergé. This is an important term for us and Fabergé is vigilant in protecting its intellectual property rights.

2          Linking

You may link to our website but you must link to our home page so that users of your site do not think we are associated or connected to you. When sites do link to our website, or when we link to other sites, we are not responsible for the content on the other sites or any use you make of those sites. Those sites will have their own terms and conditions of use.

3          No Commercial Use

You are permitted to print one copy of any of the pages from our website for your own personal, non-commercial reference. You may not copy, adapt, publish, transmit, generate advertising, or use or exploit the site in any other way.

4          Accuracy of Information on this Website

We have taken care to ensure that information and material on this site is accurate but we make no representation and give no guarantee that it meets any particular standard of reliability or accuracy. It is provided free of charge for your own personal information. The information is not intended for business or academic use.

5          Limitation of our Liability

To the maximum extent permissible by law, we expressly exclude liability for any direct, indirect, special or consequential damages, whether in contract, negligence or otherwise, arising out of your or anyone else’s use of this website or the reliance of information on it.

If we are held liable by a court of competent jurisdiction for any loss you suffer as a result of your use of, or inability to use, this website, or use of any information on it, you agree that the maximum liability to the Fabergé group of companies, is GBP 5,000.

Nothing in this section limits or excludes the liability of the Fabergé group of companies for death or personal injury arising from our negligence, nor our liability for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation, nor any other liability which cannot be excluded or limited by law.

6          Governing Law and Jurisdiction.

These terms and conditions of use are governed by the laws of England and you agree to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts irrespective of where you live or access our website.

updated on 18/01/2016

Cookie Policy

EU Cookie Law

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When you visit a website that uses cookies for the first time, a cookie is downloaded onto your computer. The next time you visit that website, your computer checks to see if it has a cookie that is relevant and sends the information contained in that cookie back to the website. The website then notes that you have been there before, and in some cases, tailors what pops up on screen to take account of that fact. They also might record how long you spend on each page on a site, what links you click, even your preferences for page layouts and colour schemes.
Generally, the role of cookies is beneficial, making your interaction with frequently-visited sites smoother with no extra effort on your part. Without cookies, online shopping would be much harder. Without cookies, some websites will become less interactive with the cookie option turned off.

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These cookies expire when you close your web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Google Chrome). These cookies are used for various reasons, for example, remembering what you have put in your shopping basket as you browse a website. They can also be used for security to access your Internet banking or email.

Persistent cookies
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Exceptions
There are some exemptions to the above where it is essential for a website to store information on your computer, for example, to provide a service to you that you have requested.

Our use of cookies

  • We use cookies to improve your experience on our websites and for functionality purposes, for example, if you choose to buy any of our products, we place a cookie on your computer to remember the currency that you have selected so next time you visit our website we can display the correct currency to you;
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FABERGÉ

INTERNATIONAL RING SIZES REFERNCE GUIDE


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MEXICO
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ARGENTINA

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FRANCE
GERMANY
MIDDLE EAST
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MILLIMETRE
2 3.5   5         4 D      
2.5 4.25   6.5   3 2.25     E      
3 6       4 3.5   5.5 F 0.553 14.05 44.00
3.25 6.25       5 4.25   6 F ½      
3.5 7   9   6 5   6.5 G ½ 0.569 14.54 45.20
4 8.5 8 10   7 6.25 7 7.5 H ½ 0.585 14.86 45.60
4.5 9.5 9 11 48 8 7.5 8 8.25 I ½ 0.601 15.27 47.80
5 11 10 12.5 49.5 9 8.5 9.5 9 J 0.617 15.68 49.05
5.5 12 11 14 50.5 10 10 10.75 9.25 K ½ 0.634 16.1 50.00
6 13 12 15 52 11 11 12 10.5 L ½ 0.65 16.51 51.50
6.25 14       12 11.5   11 M      
6.5 14.5 13 16 53 13 12 13.5 11.75 M ½ 0.666 16.92 52.80
7 15 14 17.5 54/55 14 13.25 14.5 12.5 N ½ 0.683 17.35 54.00
7.25 15.75       15 13.75   13 O ½      
7.5 16.5 15 18.5 56 16 14.5 16   P 0.669 17.75 55.30
8 18 17 20 57.5 17 16 17 14 Q 0.716 18.09 56.60
8.5 19 18 21 58.5 18 17.5   14.75 R 0.732 18.53 57.80
9 20 20 22.5 60 19 18.25   15.5 S 0.748 18.89 59.10
9.5 21 21 23.5 61 20 20   16.25 T 0.764 19.41 60.30
10 22 22 25 62.5 21 20.5   17 U 0.781 19.84 61.60
10.25 22.75       22 21.25   17.5 U ½      
10.5 23.5 23 26 63.5 23 22   18 V 0.797 20.2 62.80
11 24.75 24 27 65 24 23   19 W 0.814 20.68 64.10
11.25 25.25       25 25.5     W ½      
11.5                   0.843 21.08 65.30
12                   0.846 0.846 66.60
12.5                   0.862 0.862 67.90
13                   0.879 0.879 69.10

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The
World of
Fabergé

In 1882 Peter Carl Fabergé took over his father’s very ordinary jewellery business. Together with his brother Agathon, he quickly transformed it into an international phenomenon. The success of the two brothers was changing the nature of the business. Out went the then fashionable style where diamonds prevailed. In came the design-led artist-jeweller with a penchant for colour through both stones and reviving the lost art of enamelling. They added objets deluxe to their repertoire, including objets de fantaisie such as the Imperial Easter Eggs, now regarded as pinnacles of the goldsmiths’ art. Today these are treasured in some of the world’s leading museums and private collections. The craftsmanship of all their creations was of the very finest standard. This formula of design and craftsmanship made Fabergé irresistible and the ultimate objects to own, as well as the gift of choice.
View of the Beloselsky-Belozersky Palace, St Petersburg by J M Charlemagne, 1850s

1685 - 1825

The ancestors of the current Fabergé family lived in the Picardy region of northern France. The family’s name was then Favri and they were Huguenots (French Protestants) in a predominantly Catholic country. When Louis XIV revoked the Edict of Nantes in 1685, which gave Huguenots protection, they fled and headed northeast. Over the years the family’s name changed from Favri through Favry, Fabri, Fabrier to Faberge. By 1800 an artisan called Pierre Favry (later Faberge), had settled in Pärnu in the Baltic province of Livonia (now Estonia).

1830s

Gustav Faberge (born in 1814) went to St Petersburg, the capital of Russia, to train as a goldsmith. Initially he worked under Andreas Spiegel, a gold box specialist, but later joined the celebrated firm of Keibel, goldsmiths and jewellers to the Emperors of Russia.

The foundation laid

1842

His apprenticeship completed, Gustav Faberge changed his name to Fabergé. Either he con-sidered the accent gave his name style, or added it as ‘ge’ in Russian is pronounced ‘jay.’ He opened a jewellery shop in a basement of the city’s fashionable street, Bolshaya Morskaya and married Charlotte Jungste.

1846

The couple’s first son Peter Carl Fabergé was born. He was educated in St Petersburg.

THE FORMATIVE YEARS

1860 - 1862

Gustav Fabergé retired to Dresden with his family, leaving the business in the hands of manag-ers.Peter Carl Fabergé undertook a course at the Dresden Arts and Crafts School and was a regular visitor to the Grünes Gewolbe (Green Vault), the museum founded by Augustus the Strong in 1723. It contains the largest collection of treasures in Europe. Agathon, the Fabergés’ second son, was born in Dresden during 1862.

1864

Peter Carl Fabergé embarked upon a Grand Tour of Europe. He received tuition from respected goldsmiths in Germany, France and England and attended a course at Schloss’s Commercial College in Paris. He also viewed the masterpieces in the galleries of Europe’s leading museums.

1866

He returned to St Petersburg and married Augusta Jacobs. His father’s trusted workmaster Hiskias Pendin acted as Peter Carl’s mentor and tutor. He became involved with cataloguing, repairing and restoring masterpieces in the Hermitage (the museum founded by Catherine the Great as a court museum). This allowed him to study the forgotten techniques mastered by goldsmiths in antiquity. He later restored and repaired the 18th century objets d’art in the Collection including the exquisite French gold and enamel snuff boxes. During this period seeds were undoubtedly sown in his mind for using the past genre as inspiration for contemporary objects.
The Gallery of the History of Antique Painting in the Hermitage

PETER CARL FABERGÉ TAKES CHARGE

In November 2008, Sotheby’s offered pieces of Fabergé, as well as other objets de luxe. Many of the 100 pieces were given to Thyra, Princess of Denmark, by her siblings, all of whom were Fabergé aficionados. The sale realised a total of £1.95 million. Courtesy Sotheby’s

1882

Upon the death of Pendin, Peter Carl Fabergé took sole responsibility for running the company. Having seen the House’s work at the Pan-Russian Exhibition in Moscow, the Tzar Alexander III ordered it to be displayed in the Hermitage as examples of superb contemporary Russian craftsmanship.

1885 - 1886

The Emperor commissioned the company to make an Easter Egg for his Empress. Fabergé is bestowed with the coveted title, ‘goldsmith by special appointment to the Imperial Crown’. The Emperor commissioned Fabergé to make a second Easter Egg the following year.

THE RISE OF THE HOUSE OF FABERGÉ

1887

According to Fabergé family tradition, the company was given complete freedom for future Imperial Easter Eggs. Not even the Emperor knew what form they would take: the only stipulation was that each one should contain a surprise. The Moscow branch of the House of Fabergé opened.

1888

The House of Fabergé exhibited hors concours (not competing) at the Nordic Exhibition, Copenhagen as Eugène, Peter Carl’s eldest son, was a judge. The company was awarded a special diploma.

1890 - 1897

The St Petersburg premises doubled in size. Peter Carl received the title Appraiser of the Imperial Cabinet, therefore this formally recognised the company’s expertise. Sadly, Agathon, Peter Carl’s younger brother, died during 1895. The following year, the House of Fabergé was awarded the State Emblem at the Pan-Russian Exhibition, Nizhny Novogorod. In 1896 the House of Fabergé exhibited hors concours at the Nordic Exhibition, Stockholm. The House was granted a Royal Warrant by the Court of Sweden and Norway.

INTERNATIONAL ACCLAIM

It possible to identify the Imperial Eggs in the cabinets. This helped to confirm that the gold egg bought by an American in the mid-West for its $14,000 scrap value, was indeed an Fabergé Imperial Egg.

1900

At the Exposition Internationale Universelle (World Exhibition) in Paris, although the House exhibited hors concours, it was awarded a gold medal and the city’s jewellers recognised Peter Carl Fabergé as maître. Additionally, he was decorated with the most prestigious of French awards – he was appointed a Knight of the Legion of Honour. Two of Carl’s sons and his Head Workmaster were also honoured. Commercially the Exposition was a great success and the firm acquired a great many orders and clients worldwide.

The company moved into purpose-built premises at 24 Bolshaya Morskaya containing workshops, a design studio, offices, Peter Carl’s apartment and of course a show room. The business was at the height of its success employing around 500 craftsmen and designers. It was the largest jewellery firm in Russia

1902

An exhibition of Fabergé objects and antique objects of vertue belonging to the Imperial Family received their first public exhibition in Russia at the St Petersburg mansion of Baron von Dervis.

1903 - 1906

The House of Fabergé expanded with a branch opening in London in 1903 and a branch in Kiev in 1906. Nicholas, the youngest of Peter Carl’s four sons (all of whom worked for the House), became one of the London branch managers.

WAR AND REVOLUTION

1914

The outbreak of the Great War. There was an initial fall in demand for luxury goods as well as a lack of precious metals. Fabergé produced copper articles such as cruets, plates, mugs and snuffboxes. The workshops also made syringes and equipment, and parts for the military, including grenades.

1915

As Russian capital tied in foreign operations had to be repatriated to Russia to finance the war effort, the Bond Street shop closed. However, trading continued.

1916

The House of Fabergé became a joint-stock company with a capital of 3 million roubles.

1917

The remaining stock of the London branch was sold to Lacloche Frères, the Paris jeweller. Lawyers were instructed to wind up the London business. Following the Russian Revolution, the House was taken over by a ‘Committee of the Employees of the Company K. Fabergé’.

1918

The House of Fabergé was nationalised. In early October its stock was confiscated.

THE FABERGÉS FLEE

1918 - 1920

In November, Peter Carl Fabergé left St Petersburg on the last diplomatic train for Riga from where he fled to Germany. In December, Eugène together with his mother, travelled in darkness by sleigh and on foot to Finland. The Bolsheviks imprisoned Agathon and Alexander, the Fabergés’ two middle sons.

In June 1920, Eugène travelled to Germany to take his father to Switzerland where other members of the family had taken refuge. Peter Carl Fabergé died in Pully (near Lausanne) in September.

1924

Eugène, together with his brother Alexander (who had managed to escape from the USSR when a friend bribed guards) settled in Paris. They establish Fabergé & Cie, which traded in and re-stored objects made by the House of Fabergé, as well as general jewellery and objets d’art. The pieces they made were clearly marked Fabergé, Paris so as to avoid any confusion with items made by the House in Russia.

THE FAMILY LOSES ITS NAME

1937

Sam Rubin, an American of Russian descent, started a perfume business. Upon the suggestion of his friend Dr Armand Hammer, who at the behest of Lenin became the Soviets’ first foreign concessionaire, branded his perfumes Fabergé and formed Fabergé Inc. This was done without the family’s permission.

1951

After discovering Rubin’s activities, the Fabergé family decided to settle out of court so as to avoid high legal fees. Rubin paid just US$25,000 to use their name solely for perfume.

1964 - 1989

Samuel Rubin sold Fabergé Inc to George Barrie’s cosmetic company Rayette for US$26 million. The combined company was called Rayette-Fabergé Inc. In 1971 the company’s name reverted to Fabergé Inc. in 1984 Fabergé Inc was sold for US$180 million, three years later Fabergé Inc acquired Elizabeth Arden for US$700 million.

In 1989 Unilever bought Fabergé Inc (including Elizabeth Arden) for US$1.55 billion. Noting that Sam Rubin had registered the name for jewellery in 1946, it registered the Fabergé name as a trademark across a wide range of merchandise internationally and granted licenses to third parties to produce a wide range of products under the Fabergé name. Additionally it changed the name of a subsidiary from Lever Brothers Limited to Lever Fabergé Limited, meaning that the name associated with Imperial Eggs appeared on a domestic cleaning range for use in lavatories, blocked drains, cleaning kitchen and bathrooms as well as washing machines.

THE RELAUNCH

2007

Fabergé Limited announces that it acquired the Fabergé trademarks, licenses and associated rights relating to the Fabergé name from Unilever. The Fabergé name is reunited with the Fabergé family. The Fabergé Heritage Council is established to guide the company in its pursuit of Fabergé’s original heritage of excellence in creativity, design and craftsmanship.

2009

At 9am on September 9th 2009 (09.09.09), Fabergé is re-launched with the introduction of the ‘Les Fabuleuses’ High Jewellery collection. By 31st December 2012, all the licenses granted to third parties had lapsed or been terminated and the name no longer appeared on cleaning products.
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