Most fascinating thing about CODOGNATO and FABERGE are their rich histories filled with mysteries, scandals, financial hardship, and, of course, the rich and the famous. Both houses date from late 1800’s. FABERGE closed its production in 1917 when the head designer, Peter Carl Fabergé, fled to Germany during the Russian Revolution. The house has re-established its name after opening a boutique in Geneva in December 2009. CODOGNATO opened it’s doors in 1866 by Simeone Codognato and to this day serves its prestige customers in the same, hidden boutique in Venice, Italy.
Both houses are extremely exclusive, which plays a huge part in our fascination with them. CODOGNATO launched a web-site for the first time in 2012, doesn’t have a Twitter or a Facebook account, and is unreachable unless you visit Italy. FABERGE is more ‘socially friendly’ but to be able to see their latest collections online in full, one has to create an account. In addition, purchasing an exclusive FABERGE also requires a trip to Geneva or you can choose for them to fly to see you!
FABERGE has become one of the to-go-to luxurious jewellery houses for those who can at least borrow it for editorials, red-carpets and fabulous galas. CODOGNATO, on the other hand, being very mysterious and dark when it comes to its one-of-a-kind, vintage luxury jewellery pieces, I see being appreciated by avant-garde collectors. The house has never been interested in flaunting its history and fame by advertising. Even without it, they attract names including Nicole Kidman, Liz Taylor, and the late Jackie Kennedy and Coco Chanel, without much difficulty.