Friday, 9 April 2010

L as in Lettuce -abcWednesday, Round 6 / Alphabe-Thursday "L": / Contest results

Jenny Matlock

Today is already Thursday (well, actually, it's Friday), and I have a lot of things to get done in this one post. Once again I am taking the liberty of combining abcWednesday Round 6 with Mrs. Matlock's Alphabe-Thursday, since both have the same letter this week, "L". The letter "L" is a really good one! Here are some wonderful L-words: "Latvia", "Liberia", "liberty", "life", "Lily", "Lithuania",  "Los Angeles", "love",  "lizard" and, of course, "lettuce"! 

I have one more "L"-word. But before I say which one it is, I would like to announce the winners of my "Guess-The-Jeweller-Contest" from the week of the letter "J" (for Jewellery). 
The correct answer to my question as to which jeweller or jewellery house that made this beautiful green jade circular pendant is Peter Carl Fabergé (1846-1920). 

The undisputable first prize winner is Grace of Hugz Before You Go. Congratulations Grace! The runners up are in this order

Grace guessed correctly and very quickly, but then changed her answer because she just could not believe that this pendant, that I wore on my wedding day,  could be made by the House of Faberge. Unbelieveable, yes, but true. So here is the story that you won't find in the history books that I have listed at the end of this post:

When the Russian Czar Nicholas II and his family were arrested and shot, Fabergé was one of many who fled Russia. When you read about the Fabergé Easter Eggs it mentions that the Czar's mother also escaped and took one of the eggs with her to the west. 

But there is a person close to the Czar's family that you may not find in most history books, the Empress's lady-in-waiting, Anna Verbova. Alexandra had a companion to help her and the Czar was kind enough to give his wife and his wife's companion, the exact same pieces of jewellery. This is the exception to the rule that every piece that was made of the house of Fabergé was unique. The Czar ordered two of everything for Alexandra and Anna! So if the same green pendant is ever found, we will know that it was the Empress's, because the pendant that I wore at my wedding belonged to her lady-in-waiting, Anna Verbova!

How did an ordinary girl like me get to even see a piece like that? Anna Verbova left Russia through Finland and came to Sweden. She paid her way by selling her jewellery. A jewellery-dealer in Stockholm bought some of her jewellery and sold this pendant to a young dentist who had been kind to him. The young man gave the green pendant to his bride. The year was 1920 and the dentist was my grandfather. My grandmother loved it! And she loved my grandfather very much. The same year, Faberge, who had fled to Switzerland, is said to have died "of a broken heart".

So my other "L-word" is "loyalty". The Fabergé jewellers were loyal to their most important patron, the Czar, and the Czars, both Alexander and his son Nicholas II, were loyal to the House of Fabergé. 

Sorry I am so late with this. There has been a lot happening in my off-line-life, but that is another story. For those who would like to read more about the House of Fabergé or the life of the last Czar of Russia, take a look at this Amazon-book-list. In Robert K. Massie's book, "Nicholas and Alexandra", Anna Verbova is actually mentioned.
Best wishes,
To see more L-words at abcWednesday, please click here.
To see more L-words at Mrs. Matlock's Alphabe-Thursday, please click here.


First Commenter: Daisy the Curly Cat


Faberge: Lost and Found - Recently Discovered Jewelry Designs from the St.Petersburg Archives

Masterpieces from the House of Faberge

Peter Carl Faberge. His life and works.


Daisy said...

The pendant is so beautiful, and what a great history behind the piece! Thank you for your kind thoughts about my eyeball. I am getting better every day!

laterg8r said...

what a great story to go with such a lovely piece of jewelry :D

Viki said...

Wow,Wow,Wow. What an amazing story. How lucky are you. The pendant is beautiful. Thanks for sharing it.

Ann said...

what an amazing story that is and how wonderful that you have such a treasured piece. Congratulations to Grace and being the first to find the answer.

mrs. c said...

What a wonderful story and a beautiful necklace. Thank you for sharing.

Jo said...

What an amazing story and the necklace is just so goregeous!

Roger Owen Green said...

Lovely necklace, and nice sharing. Congrats to the winners.

On behalf of the ABC Wednesday team, thank you!

Wanda said...

Glad to have seen your "L's". The necklace is very beautiful.
A good read, and a good post.

Lin said...

Wow, Grace guessed it???! Go Grace! I'm impressed, girly. :) Nice story, Anna. Very cool.

Pondside said...

What I love about blogging is the glimpse it gives us into the lives of others. I'd never had read this wonderful story, or known about this mysterious pendant, but for your post. Thanks for the great post!

EastCoastLife said...

That is a precious pendant with a great history! It's beautiful too and it's so lovely that it gets pass down to all the daughters in your family.

Leslie: said...

Thanks so much for your kind comments, Anna. And I thoroughly enjoyed reading about this necklace. I've always had an interest in the lives of Nicholas and Alexandria and thought that their lives were too brutally ended! Such a history! :D

Paula Scott said...

What a wonderful story and a great connection to your past. Not to mention the incredible piece of jewelery.

Red Couch Recipes said...

Okay so that is an amazing story of how you obtained that necklace! Wow! Joni

Reader Wil said...

Hi Anna/Christina! What a remarkable and beautiful story! That is a very exquisite piece of jewelry! Thanks for sharing its history. Thanks for your visit and comment. Have a great weekend.

GardenofDaisies said...

OMG, what a story!!! And an incredibly beautiful piece of jewelry!

RuneE said...

En rørende historie om den bestefar - spesielt satt pris på da jeg selv er utdannet tannlege ;-)

Takk for kommentaren - ulvebildet tok jeg i Dyreparken i Kristiansand.

anthonynorth said...

Great info in your post. I've always been fascinated by the mysteries surrounding the Romanovs.

Joy said...

Fascinating history and a beautiful heirloom. Loved reading, what an adventure this piece of jewellery has had.
The Russian's sold a lot of the Royal Family's Fabergé after the Revolution but some of the eggs were were kept (maybe they were too beautiful to part with) and are in Moscow's Kremlin museum, fascinating place.

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

What an amazing and beautiful how it all connected and found its way to you!

Blessings & Aloha!
(Running late on this L post reading, but glad that I made it!)

Jenny said...

Oh Anna, what an amazing and intriquing stop on my journey through Alphabe-Thursday's Letter "L".

Congratulations to your lucky winner.

I am amazed by your story. I am going to share it with some Faberge lovers I know!

Thank you for participating!

You are really interesting!


mbkatc230 said...

What an amazing story! And such a wonderful heirloom. Great post! Kathy

Amanda said...

Such an interesting story! How amazing that you have such a beautiful piece of history!

Duni said...

That is the most amazing story. I never would have guessed the pendant to be a creation of Fabergé, whom I always connect with his famous eggs.
That pendant is so special, I'm sure you cherish it dearly :)
Have a wonderful Sunday.



Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

I enjoyed the story about the pendant!

Steph said...

What an amazing, sweet story! The pendant is truly lovely and it's hard to think it could be even more precious. But I think the history about your grandfather and grandmother make it priceless.

mub said...

I love that you have all of the background on the pendant! That must make it all the more special to you.

Nadeen said...

Another intriguing 'l' post. And a winner, too.

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