Fabergé Family Business Returns to Russia After 86 Years

The family business of renowned imperial Russian court jeweler Carl Fabergé has returned home after almost a century. Sarah Fabergé, Carl's great-granddaughter and an internationally known designer, on March 18 officially opened the family's first store in Russia since 1917. The store is located in St. Petersburg, just a few hundred meters from where Carl Fabergé was forced to give up his business to Bolshevik revolutionaries 86 years ago. The shop—called the St. Petersburg Collection "Grand Gallery"—sells the designs of Sarah and her father, Carl's grandson Theo Fabergé, also a renowned artist. A second store is planned for Moscow. The return to Russia has been three years in development, says Phillip Birkstein, chairman of London-based St. Petersburg Collections, which owns and distributes the works of Theo and Sarah Fabergé. The March opening, though unrelated, coincides wi
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