This handmade 18k gold mariners link chain was designed by VICTOR MAYER for Fabergé. It features stations of cobalt blue enamel, transparent to reveal the guilloche engravings underneath, and opaque white enamel sandwiched between gold details. The chain’s exquisite craftsmanship is evident in the delicate mariners links: when examined under a loop, the hand carved details are impeccable and the links gracefully interlock to create a fluid, rhythmic chain. The rotating lobster clasp adds another level of elegance—the clasp has details along its base and swivels for ease of wear. Numbered as 396/500, this perfect piece of jewelry is very limited in its creation and a rare find.
Renown designer VICTOR MAYER was entrusted to create pieces using the Fabergé hallmark for two decades, and was appointed the sole Fabergé workmaster from 1989-2009. The pieces created during this time are marked with the letters “VM” and each individual piece is numbered. VICTOR MAYER was founded in 1890, and the German company made Fabergé-style egg pendants in the early 1900’s. Over the following century, the company gained a reputation as masters of enameling and guilloché engraving, and many of the most exclusive brands have trusted the company with the production of their most elegant pieces. VICTOR MAYER created many intricate and sophisticated jewels and Objets d’Art during their collaboration with Fabergé, some of which were included in the Fabergé exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum in 1996.
The chain is 18 3/4” long; the links are 2 mm wide. The enameled stations measure 17 x 2.6 mm. The chain weighs 8 grams. The clasp is marked with the Fabergé and Victor Mayer maker’s marks, as well as 18k, Germany, and the piece number 396/500.
The chain is pictured here with the Fabergé 18K Gold Diamond Guilloche Enamel Locket, also available in our shop.