In honor of Chinese New Year and heralding the Year of the Rat – Fabergé has created the latest in a series of Palais Tsarskoye Selo Red Lockets. In 2016, Fabergé revived this tradition for Year of the Monkey, following suit with the annual introduction of Rooster, Dog and Pig respectively.
It has been over 100 years since Fabergé’s first creations for the Chinese New Year. Master craftsman Francois Birbaum was commissioned by the royal court of Siam to make a series of objets and trinkets for the Year of the Pig in 1911.
The Palais Tsarskoye Selo Red Locket with Rat Surprise features red guilloché enamel and 15 round brilliant diamonds set in 18k yellow gold. The signature egg shaped locket opens with a gentle touch to reveal a new Fabergé surprise – a delicate 18k yellow gold Rat with dazzling diamond eyes.
With the Rat renowned as a symbol of wealth, fertility, resourcefulness and kindness in the Chinese zodiac, this hand-crafted piece honours love, beauty, friendship and success. The perfect lucky gift for a loved one born in a year of the Rat, or to mark a significant occasion, such as the birth of a child or upcoming wedding in the new year.
The beauty of these lockets, each crafted from 18k yellow gold, decorated with diamonds and delicately hand-painted with vibrant red guilloché enamel for luck and prosperity, is beyond visual. There is innate beauty in the way Peter Carl Fabergé’s joy for surprise is embedded in each piece, as the egg opens to reveal a different zodiac animal.
Fabergé also releases an extension to their Chinese Zodiac collection, set to feature every animal in 2020.