Design is high jeweller’s first foray into ethical jewellery.
Faberge has unveiled a number of new collections at BaselWorld including its hero piece – a sizeable diamond and Zambian emerald necklace created in conjunction with fair trade gemstone company Gemfields.
The Romanov collar features 79 emeralds totalling 186.85 carats, and took more than a year to mine. They were hand-chosen by Faberge’s creative and managing director Katharina Flohr.
The piece can be worn one of three ways and has a detachable emerald drop that can attached to the smaller diamond and emerald collar.
Tatiana Zherebkina, UK representative for the brand, said it was the high jeweller’s first move into creating a fair trade, ethical item of jewellery.
“Katharina was waiting for the right project to come along and then she found a sketch for the collar from 1885, the same year that Faberge became the royal jeweller in Russia,” said Zherebkina. “She edited the design slightly and then worked with Gemfields to pick the right stones.”
The necklace is set with 2,225 gemstones, totalling 363.48 carats, including specially-cut sugar-loaf emerald cabochons and a single pear-shaped drop of 30.65 carats. More than 2,000 round and rose cut white diamonds feature, with a pear-shaped rose cut diamond of 3.48 carats.
The collaboration between the two companies was first announced in August 2008, when the Gemfields pitched for a 15-year licence to supply Faberge with coloured gemstones. Faberge has said that the gold and diamonds used in the piece are all sourced via the guidelines of the Kimberly process from its longstanding supplier in Paris.
Last month the brand unveiled a new advertising campaign shot by Mario Testino, with a focus on a younger Faberge customer. The advertisements will feature in fashion-forward lifestyle magazines such as LOVE and Pop, and feature Flohr’s daughters and Josh Faberge.