Fabergé presented the Romanov necklace, which is a magnificent contemporary emerald and diamond collar that was inspired by a historic design from the House of Fabergé. This creation is a regal reworking of an early Fabergé jewel, recreated and contemporized from an archival gouache design dated 1885.
The Romanov necklace was conceived by Fabergé’s in-house design team in collaboration with a leading Paris-based jewelry workshop. The complex and challenging design process took two months, followed by 14 months of intense and meticulous workmanship by artisans, goldsmiths and gem-setters. The composition was conjured from a dramatic collection of 79 emeralds of exceptional quality, totaling 186.85 carats, featuring specially-cut sugar-loaf cabochons and a single pear-shaped drop of 30.65 carats. The emeralds, which Faberge confirmed were ethical and ecologically sound, were sourced directly from Gemfields’ Zambian mines and hand selected by Fabergé’s creative director, Katharina Flohr. The emeralds were perfectly matched in color and character. Each rough emerald was then cut to the very particular specifications of the design.
The Romanov necklace is designed to spread over the shoulder and neckline in a silky openwork trellis of sumptuous emeralds and white round diamonds and rose diamonds, shimmering with a soft, vintage luster. In all, the necklace is set with 2,225 gemstones, totaling 363.48 carats, including 1,991 round white diamonds, totaling 98.15 carats, 151 rose-cut diamonds, totaling 43.29 carats, with one rose diamond of 0.67 carats and a pear-shaped rose cut of 3.48 carats. The necklace was crafted in white gold.
The necklace was constructed in three separate parts and can be transformed and worn in several different ways. The choker detaches from the collar, allowing the two necklaces to be worn separately, while the choker can be worn alone or with the emerald drop pendant.