You may not know it, but Houston has long been a destination for aficionados of Fabergé, the fabled Russian jeweler whose stunning objets d’art captivated the imperial Russian court and swept across Europe at the turn of the 20th century.
The McFerrin Collection at the Houston Museum of Natural Science boasts the most impressive gathering of eggs and other Fabergé objects found on the North American continent, including a loaned “surprise” from Queen Elizabeth II’s personal collection. Her majesty’s tiny jeweled elephant has now been united with its mate, the Imperial Diamond Trellis Egg, for the first time in nearly a century.
Now, Houston is one of the only places you can buy Fabergé, too. With the grand opening of America’s second dedicated Fabergé boutique in the award-winning Galleria, visitors to Houston can shop the most storied gifts, jewelry, and timepieces in history.
“[Houston’s Fabergé connection] is one of the reasons that brought us here,” said Fabergé Curatorial Director, Archduke Dr. Géza von Habsburg. “[Houston possesses] this collection of original Fabergé, and we pursue his legacy here in the Galleria.”
One shining example of the new boutique’s modern legacy is the Egg Bar, a glittering collection of pendant necklaces perfectly suited for the modern collector—some even including a special surprise, in true Fabergé tradition.
“[The Egg Bar] is new in terms of the jewelry we’ve curated, but the pieces are actually from our Heritage Collection, so it bridges the past with the present,” explains Store Director Michael McClure. “It’s something that we’re very proud of, and it’s at multiple price points too, so we’re very excited about it.”
Each pendant draws the eye, and the spectacular guilloché enamel technique (a signature form of detailing, made famous by Peter Carl Fabergé) is on full display. There is also something undeniably special about the Texas locket, one of only 28 created, commemorating Texas’ place as the 28th state to join the union. The golden egg contains a special Texan surprise in the shape of a ten-gallon hat and boot, a distinctly southern delight for Fabergé connoisseurs.
The Fabergé Houston Boutique in the Galleria is now open to the public from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.
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