New video: legendary jeweller Faberge takes over Harrods for Easter

Maria Doulton attends the launch of 'A Fabergé Easter at Harrods', where Fabergé has created a unique jewellery experience for visitors that blends old and new.

Never before shown outside of a museum setting, the star of 'A Fabergé Easter at Harrods' is the original Fabergé Apple Blossom Easter Egg dating from 1901, designed by Peter Carl Fabergé

Early one morning this week, I went to Knightsbridge to make a video about the launch of 'A Fabergé Easter at Harrods' at the legendary department store. The collaboration focusses on the art of gifting, a theme that runs deep in the history of both of these houses, which were founded within a decade of each other in the first half of the 19th century.

Fabergé is best known for the Easter eggs created by Peter Carl Fabergé for both the Russian royalty and other wealthy patrons of the time. The bejewelled eggs, often with a surprise inside, were created as Easter gifts.

With this in mind, Harrods and Fabergé have collaborated to bring to life the history of Fabergé's creations as well as offering a contemporary range of Fabergé jewels, ready to be boxed up and presented as an Easter gift.

I had the chance to take a closer look at the star of the show, the hugely valuable Fabergé Apple Blossom egg made by Peter Carl Fabergé and rumoured to be worth £30 million, on loan from the Lichtenstein National Museum.

I watched Susie Lau, the highly influential fashion blogger behind 'Susie Bubble', use the digital mirror created in collaboration with Russian fashion editor Miroslava Duma. Known as the 'Fabergé Cinescope', the mirror allows you to virtually try on a fabulous Fabergé jewel and share the result with your friends online.

A pop-up Salon showcases many of Frédéric Zaavy's spectacular designs for Fabergé, created for the relaunch of the brand in 2009. There is also an 'Egg Bar' where you can choose from a range of contemporary eggs to create a pendant with an on-the-spot engraving service.

A stroll along the Brompton Road reveals 23 windows decorated by Set Designer Simon Costin, which take us into the genius mind of Peter Carl Fabergé and show us his eccentric, bejewelled and sometimes humorous view of the world.

So if you love jewels, or if you love Fabergé, or simply want to see the spectacular Apple Blossom egg, head to Harrods in London before the 21 April 2014.

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