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A rare diamond necklace by Fabergé,

St. Petersburg, circa 1900.

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the elegant festoon necklace set with old brilliant cut diamonds set in silver, mounted on yellow gold and joined by gold ‘knife-edge’ links.  The latticed pendant drop can be removed and worn as a brooch.

Workmaster: August Holmström, St Petersburg, circa 1900.

Contained in its original blue velvet and silk lined fitted Hollywood case.

Provenance

The Holmström jewellery workshop was the firm’s longest serving. Its history reflects the family ties which characterised the business. It was established by the Finnish immigrant August Holmström, who first worked for Fabergé’s father Gustav Fabergé . On August’s death in 1903 it was taken over by his son Albert. His Sister Alina and niece Alma Phil also worked in the workshop. The Holmströms’ shared with the Chief Workmasters the honour of making Fabergé’s Imperial Easter eggs.

Few heavily gem set pieces of jewellery by Fabergé survive. Fabergé’s creations were anathema to the Bolsheviks, they were the politically valueless possessions of the old order. Following the revolution the party broke up jewellery and sold off the gemstones to fund its industrialisation programs. Tragic images survive showing craftsmen toiling under the Bolsheviks, with naked tiara frames bedside piles of gemstones that once adorned them.

Exhibited:

Fabergé in London: Romance to Revolution, Victoria & Albert Museum, London 2021-2022.