This extremely precious box is a stunning piece of craftsmanship in miniature, using only the finest materials: nephrite jade, gold, guilloche enamel and diamonds. Its design emulates the style of Faberge, the celebrated jeweller of the Russian Imperial court.
The box is circular in form and built from rich, green nephrite jade mounted around its rim with gold banding. The box opens via a hinge at the rear, and a clasp at the front which is mounted with diamonds and precious stones. The top of the box is beautifully designed and finished: topped with red guilloche enamel and mounted with floral garlands made from subtly different tones of gold. In the centre there is the double-headed Russian Imperial eagle made from diamonds, and the crest of the city of Moscow inside.
The box is fully hallmarked around its rim, and comes in a wooden case with a silk lining to the interior. The lining bears the Cyrillic logo for the House of Faberge.
The box: height 3.5cm, diameter 10cm
The case: height 5.5cm, width 13.5cm, depth 13.5cm