If you are a Game of Thrones (GoT) fan and are super rich, then this is for you—a one-of-a-kind Fabergé dragon egg that costs £1.6 million.
To commemorate a decade of GoT’s debut episode—a major milestone dubbed “The Iron Anniversary”—that will see year-long celebrations across the globe, the “commemorative egg objet” is designed by Fabergé’s head designer, Liisa Tallgren, in close association with GoT's Emmy-winning costume designer Michele Clapton and Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “The egg’s intricate and enchanting design tells the tale of Daenerys Targaryen’s quest to take her place on the Iron Throne,” says Clapton.
“The design references Daenerys Targaryen’s incredible journey and the importance of colour within her costumes, her passion for her dragons, and the way she portrayed messages via her jewellery throughout her journey on the show. References from the textures of the dragons and their iconic eggs were used to inform the surfaces of this egg objet,” he explains further.
Continuing Fabergé’s long tradition of the egg containing a surprise element within, the GoT egg opens to reveal a beautiful ruby crown sitting majestically atop a glistening crystal base. “This is a miniature version of the crown that would have been presented to Daenerys should she have held the Iron Throne,” says Clapton.
“With the crown, I referenced her dragons, their wings sweeping around protecting the beautiful ruby that represents Daenerys, her house colour, and her fierce quest to rule,” he adds.
The outside of the egg is set with diamonds in various sizes, mixed with faceted rainbow moonstones. The inside of the egg has a lot of pavé setting, graduating from rubies to pink sapphires to white diamonds at the top. There is also a quantity of pear-shaped rubies set within the openwork pave section. “The dragons are set with white diamonds, and the blackened gold crown sitting on a crystal platform carries a larger ruby from Gemfields,” explains Fabergé’s head designer Tallgren.
The total height of the objet is approximately 140mm, and the height of the crown surprise is approximately 30mm. “The proportions are designed to present the materials and craftsmanship at their most precious and beautiful,” says Tallgren.
While the concept and initial sketches were created by Clapton, Tallgren interpreted her designs into metal work, taking into consideration gemstone sizes, setting styles, metal width and other details specific to a jeweller’s work.
Tallgren, who is a GoT fan, with Tyrion Lannister being her favourite character, says creating the egg was challenging and time consuming. “An object this precious needs to be carefully planned and considered. The design process has taken months.” The egg is still under production.
This one-of-a-kind collector’s item will be available for sale by the end of the year and enquiries can be made at Fabergé.
Fabergé, one of the world’s most artistic jewellers, is known for its jewelled eggs since its annual tradition of Imperial Easter eggs began in 1885. Its celebrated series of 50 Imperial Easter eggs were created for the Russian Imperial family from 1885 to 1916. Ten eggs were produced from 1885 to 1893, during the reign of Emperor Alexander III; 40 more were created during the rule of his son, Nicholas II, two each year, one for his mother, the dowager, the second for his wife.