Fabergé has unveiled a new rose gold egg pendant addition to the Heritage collection, paying special homage to a rare piece the brand sold 111 years ago.
The Heritage Rose Gold and Blue Guilloché Enamel Locket with Polar Bear Surprise gives a nod to the 1909 Fabergé onyx polar bear owned by French aristocracy and sold at auction in 2017 after resurfacing.
This new piece includes a white gold polar bear encased in white enamel with black diamond eyes.
It is housed inside an egg pendant crafted from 18ct rose gold, decorated with midnight blue guilloché enamel and set with 15 brilliant cut white diamonds.
The original five-inch onyx polar bear resurfaced in its original box with the inscription ‘BG. 1909. Scotland’, which presented a mystery for Fabergé to solve.
The jeweller believed that ‘BG’ possibly stood for Marquise Berthe de Ganay.
Its suspicions were confirmed when the London boutique ledgers revealed that on 10 September 1909, a ‘Polar Bear, white onyx’ was purchased for £26 by Virginia Fair Vanderbilt, wife of William Kissam Vanderbilt II.
The records also show that Mrs Vanderbilt was accompanied by Martine-Marie-Pol,
Countess of Béarn, the sister of Berthe de Ganay, suggesting that Virginia Vanderbilt sought the countess’ advice on an appropriate gift for her sister.
The word ‘Scotland’ inscribed on the box is believed to mean that the gift was given as a memento of their holiday to the country just the month before.
See the original onyx bear below: