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Faberge, one of the world’s most recognized fine artist jewelers, have unveiled a new creation of their iconic Imperial Eggs. The lucky attendees of last week’s Doha Watch and Jewellery Exhibition in Qatar witnessed the first debut of the extraordinary masterpiece: the $2 million Pearl Egg.

Using a combination of white and yellow gold, the meticulously crafted egg features a total of 139 natural white pearls, gleams with a mother-of-pearl finish and adorned with over 3,300 diamonds and hand-carved rock quartz. The centerpiece is an incredibly rare, unique 12.17-carat natural grey pearl sourced from the Arabian Gulf. To reveal it, the outer egg shell is rotated on the base which allows the six sides to flower open simultaneously to reveal the treasure; reminiscent of how an oyster opens to reveal its’ cultured pearl.

The House of Faberge collaborated with the Al-Fardan family to create this egg in honor of the upcoming centenary marking the last Imperial Egg ever made. A renowned pearl collector and connouisseur, Hussain Ibrahim Al-Fardan personally hand-selected each pearl from his family’s collection to be used in making the Pearl Egg.

The Pearl Egg is the first imperial class egg made in almost a century – the last imperial class egg was created in 1917, under the supervision of Peter Carl Faberge himself. The Karelian Birch, also referred to as the “Birch Egg”, was commissioned by the last Tsar of Russia Nicholas II, intended as an Easter gift to his mother, the Empress Maria Feodorovna. The February Revolution began before the egg could be delivered, signalling the end of the imperial era of Russia and subsequently, Faberge’s eggs.

 

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A Kazak herdsman had the luckiest day in his life when he literally stumbled upon a large gold nugget lying on the ground in Xinjiang, a far western region of China.gold nugget

Berek Sawut, the lucky herdsman hailing from Qinghe County in Altay Prefecture, tells China Xinhua News that he was walking around a local mining site when he suddenly spotted a brilliant gold object lying exposed on the ground. Asked about his initial reaction, Sawut responded, “When I walked closer, I was dumbfounded. My god, it was a piece of gold. I was so excited that I started jumping up and down.”

The nugget – approximately 23cm by 18cm long and weighing almost 8kg – was analyzed for composition, confirming that the nugget is about 80% pure gold, with the remaining being quartz, sandstone and other minerals.

It has a precious metal estimated value of $255,000 at the current spot gold price, but experts believe that the piece could fetch over three times as much due to the specimen’s rarity and uniqueness. It is the largest gold nugget to china nuggetcome out of the Altay region, a mountainous territory that hugs the border of Russia, Mongolia, and Kazakhstan. This region has long been known for its’ gold mining, in fact “altay” is “gold” in Mongolian. Not to mention, most curiously of all, the large nugget is naturally shaped resembling the map of China.

Whether or not Sawut will get to keep or sell his find is yet to be determined. According to Chinese law, mineral resources that are found on or below the surface in this region is deemed as property of the state. However, given that his story has gone viral on Chinese media and that other mineral finds in the area were not confiscated, it is likely he will be allowed to keep it.

 

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GlitterAngFor the fabulously wealthy, gold is not limited to jewelry. Here are some of the more unconventional ways that gold is being put to use:

For the woman who has everything, here is the most glamorous and exclusive nail polish in the world: the Model’s Own Gold Rush from British jeweler, Frost of London. This tiny bottle comes with a handcrafted 18 karat gold lid embedded with 1,118 diamonds! The polish itself resembles liquid gold, a metallic, rich pure gold hue with iridescence. The cost of each bottle of Gold Rush is a whopping $130,000 – but it is sure to make the wearer feel like a million bucks.

Just short of bathing in the metal, a floor length couture gown made entirely of gold sequins by designer Zac Posen will set you back approximately $1.5 million. Such a dress was worn by Caroline Correa for a Magnum Gold marketing campaign titled “As Good as Gold”. Handcrafted by the designer himself, the dress had pure 24 karat gold foil applique on each of the thousands of sequins.

GoldLady Gaga recovered recently from an emergency hip surgery, which rendered her incapable of walking for a few weeks. So of course, she commissioned a custom black leather and 24 karat gold plated wheelchair for her to ride around in style. Dubbed “The Chariot”, it looks more like a throne than a wheelchair. It comes complete with luxurious italian leather and gold plating on all of the delicate framework, with a removable canopy and full recliner. The designer, Ken Borochov, reportedly gave only a week to complete the entire project. The chair is both fashionable and fuctional – it has accompanied Lady Gaga all over Manhattan, from window shopping to shopping for a new apartment.

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