Cops: Faberge egg swiped from Manhattan Beach home

Two crooks burglarized a woman’s Manhattan Beach home on Sept. 16, taking a Faberge egg worth more than $6,000.

The victim told police that she was at a wedding with her daughter when she received a call from their alarm company, alerting them to a break-in at their Corbin Street home between Brighton 15th Street and Oceanview Avenue at 12:33 am. The women sped back to their home, where the daughter told police she saw two Russian men dressed in black fleeing the house.

So far, the victims have reported $9,500 worth of missing property, although the victims are creating a list of additional jewelry that may have been stolen, police say.

The first Faberge eggs were created by Carl Faberge for the Russian Tzar, Alexander III, which he made an Easter gift for his wife, the Empress Maria Fedorovna, in 1885

The empress was so fond of the eggs that Alexander III appointed Faberge a goldsmith by special appointment to the Imperial Crown, and the House of Faberge went on to create thousands of the oval ornaments up until 1917, when the Bloshevik Revolution drove the Tzars out of Russia.

Two of Carl Faberge’s grandchildren fled to France, where they patented the trademark ‘Faberge, Paris’ in 1924. Since then, the name has been sold and resold, and jewelers from around the world have created eggs in the Faberge tradition.

Currently, the only Faberge store in the Five Boroughs in on Madison Avenue in Manhattan, where they sells eggs starting at $10,000, according to a salesman there.

Reach reporter Colin MIxson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4514.

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