Saturday, 3 March 2012

The Faberge Big Egg Hunt! Xx

The world’s biggest Easter egg hunt started on 21st February, 
raising money for charities Elephant Family and Action for Children.

Elephant Family Director, Ruth Powys, said:
 “From the charity that brought you Elephant Parade, 
we give you, in partnership with Action for Children, 
The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt. It’s about time to have some fun again. 
Forget about your worries – 
for 40 days and 40 nights we’re going to put a smile 
on your faces and brighten up our great capital city. 
Like everybody, charities are up against it 
and you need to think out of the box, 
so welcome to another fun and vital initiative 
to protect our children and the endangered animals that share their world”.

From Shrove Tuesday, 21 February, 
members of the public will be able to hunt down 
the strategically placed, 
giant eggs all across the capital.

check the website

for locations, pictures of all the eggs and how to bid on them

and my Post for my favourites

 The Eggs are bejewelled and decorated 
by some of the world’s leading artists, 
architects, jewellers and designers including Vivienne Westwood, 
the Chapman Brothers, Marc Quinn, Zandra Rhodes,
 Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, 
Diane Von Furstenberg, Rob Ryan, 
William Curley, Bompas and Parr, Mary Katrantzou and Polly Morgan.

The event is set to smash two Guinness World Records
 for the most participants in an Easter egg hunt 
and the world’s most expensive chocolate egg 
as created by William Curley

On 18th January Celebrities, VIPs and supporters attended an event
hosted by Sarah Fabergé, 
Mark Shand, founder of Elephant Family, 
and Dame Clare Tickell, Chief Executive of Action for Children.
 Sarah Faberge,Mark Shand,Clare Tickell ,James Caan, Rachel Waldron

Celebrity guests including Holly Valance and Nick Candy, 
James Caan, Bianca Jagger, Rula Lenska, Emily Maitlis and Kay Burley 
enjoyed live painting of the eggs and met
 some of the artists behind the beautiful giant egg creations.

Habour and Jones kindly gifted the catering, 
and guests enjoyed a refined cuisine of beetroot vodka cured salmon 
with sour cream, beetroot meringues with goats curd, 
smoked chicken Russian salad, 
smoked eel and caviar soldiers with savoury duck egg custard, 
borscht with wild mushroom and Pelmeni (Russian dumplings). 
The highlight of the menu was ‘Eggs Fabergé’ 
with smoked salmon, scrambled eggs and caviar.

 Eggs Faberge

Tom Parker Bowles with the Eggs Faberge

Exquisite Roederer Champagne was flowing, 

as were Raspberry Sling cocktails of vodka, 
raspberry purée and fresh lime juice; 
and Pom Collins – a cocktail of vodka, 
cloudy apple juice with a touch of pomegranate juice.

 Katharina Flohr Faberge Creative Director,Nicky Haslam, Sarah Faberge

Attending the event, Holly Valance commented: 

“I am a big kid at heart, and I can’t wait to see all these beautiful 
eggs go up around London and take part in the hunt! 
It is really special knowing that thousands of families 
will get a chance to take part, 
help to break a world record, and that all the money 
is going to two fantastic causes – Elephant Family and Action for Children.”

 Holly Valance and Noelle Reno 

The 200 customised eggs, 
which are destined to become highly collectible works of art, 
will be available to buy at auction, 
with proceeds going to Action for Children and Elephant Family.

The jewel in the crown of the auction 
will be a stunning Fabergé High Jewellery egg pendant 
Le Collier Plume D'Or
featuring a 121ct emerald.
See my Post on the Auction Banquet 20th March

Le Collier Plume D'Or

The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt seeks to raise up to £2 million for the Elephant Family 
– the UK’s biggest funder for the endangered Asian elephant 
and leading children’s charity, Action for Children.

Action for Children’s Chief Executive, Dame Clare Tickell, said: 
“The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt is a ground-breaking 
and exciting way to get London and all its visitors involved 
in raising awareness and crucial funds for the 
most vulnerable and neglected children, 
young people and families across the UK. 
It’s particularly heartening to know that the money 
will have been raised thanks to an event which will be 
hugely enjoyable for the thousands of 
children and families who will be taking part.”

Sarah Faberge, Tom Parker Bowles

Sarah Fabergé, great granddaughter Peter Carl Fabergé 
and Special Projects Director at Fabergé said: 
"Eggs have become synonymous with Fabergé 
and it is almost impossible to think of one without the other! 
The egg is symbolic to so many nations and cultures 
representing new life and rebirth. 
We at Fabergé have recently undergone a rebirth ourselves 
opening our first boutique in London
 after an absence of more than 90 years! 
How could we not become involved in a big egg hunt 
taking place right on our doorstep in support of
 these two wonderful charities, 
Action for Children and Elephant Family 
whose tireless work involves nurturing young people
 and the animals that share our planet?”

Emilia Fox unveiled the Prize that will be won
when all the Eggs are found at the end of the Big Egg Hunt
on 21st February with Sarah Faberge see Below
 Emilia Fox and Sarah Faberge at Faberge's London
Boutique 14A Grafton Street, W1S 4ET 

Crafted with precisely 500 grams of rose gold, 
the design of this one-of-a-kind prize is based 
on Fabergé’s much loved Matelassé jewellery collection.  
 It features 60 gemstones - one for each year of Her Majesty The Queen’s reign
 - set in the pleats of its quilted rose gold surface and comprising 
diamonds, emeralds, rubies and sapphires.
The Diamond Jubilee Egg, valued at £100,000,
 is the supreme prize in the world’s most prestigious Easter egg hunt 
– The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt.
The Diamond Jubilee Egg will be on display at 
Fabergé’s London boutique at 14A Grafton Street, W1S 4ET 
from 21 February until 1 April, 
and then at Harrods in Knightsbridge from 2–8 April.

Happy Egg Hunting! 

Until next time J Xx

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