Welcome! These pages are dedicated to one of the
most unique and rare sort of the jewellery art, namely to the
gem cutting art.
They speak for themselves, these pieces:
They are famous bouquets, graceful caskets, amusing statuettes
and exquisite seals, watches, decorations, jewelry. The words
are losing significance when looking at the pieces, feeling this
beauty, when the heart is sinking of admiration and delight. The
real beauty does not need for any comments. Only afterwards some
questions arise. How
this is made? Who
could contrive this? What this is made
Probably, the only disadvantage of these
works is their cost. But it is undoubtedly the rightful reflection
of much effort devoted to all these pieces. These are the fantasy
of the artist who
has contrived the piece, the filigree precision and the professionalism
of the master who have made the piece. These are the materials,
provided by the nature itself: precious and semiprecious gems,
precious metals. But those
who purchase these works do not care about
the cost. What do you think?
The originator of our school is the outstanding
jeweller, remarkable businessman, the purveyor to His Emperor's
Majesty Court, Carl Faberge':
"I don't care about an expensive piece,
if the only its value is in amount of pearls and diamonds placed
"Who buys all these pieces (gem flowers)?
It is the waste money, isn't it?"
"There are a lot of people who are too tired
of diamonds and pearls. Moreover, sometimes it's improperly to
present someone a jewelry, and this thing suits...".
The interview with St.-Petersburg jeweller Charles
Faberge, "Stolitsa and Usad'ba" (The Capital & Manor) magazine,
Saint-Petersburg, #2, 1914).