Dec 6, 2019
Dec 6, 2019
Dec 6, 2019



c. 1904-1916


Karl Gustav Hjalmar Armfelt



House of Fabergé

(Russian, 1842–1918)

Bowenite, silver

Overall: 7.6 cm (3 in.)

Loan from the Hiller-Borneman Collection 42.2019


Did you know?

Sometimes called "new jade," bowenite is actually considered a semiprecious gemstone. Though Fabergé obtained his supply from the Ural Mountains of Russia, bowenite is also the state mineral of Rhode Island.


The House of Fabergé specialized in the creation of little treasures intended as opulent personal gifts. In creating luxurious accessories for a desk or tabletop, Fabergé often used native hardstones such as multicolored agate and quartz, green nephrite, pink rhodonite, rock crystal, and pale green bowenite found in the Ural Mountains of western Russia. Fabergé's designers often paired hardstones with silver mounts, particularly in the Moscow workshop where the company's silversmiths were concentrated.

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