A cute elephant made of aventurine, or more accurately, purpurine (purpurin, see notes below)by Faberge. He has faceted ruby eyes. And he comes in the original distinctive fitted wooden presentation box of Faberge St. Petersberg, Moscow and Odessa. Circa 1900. Guaranteed original Faberge.
Colors change in the pictures because some were taken in sunlight and others with flash. And sometimes the reflections are pinpoints of light while other times they are pin heads. About 1 1/2" wide, good condition.
----- Notes. The Faberge gemstone menagerie do not have marks. They all have that fun rounded and sturdy look. The original box was made of a light wood, lined with silk and suede with an exact dimple for the animal. The double headed eagle signified purveyor to the Imperial Court.
It is said that Faberge had a collection of over 300 Japanese netsukes which gave him inspiration. Yet the creations are uniquely his, using only the best materials from all over the world. This special form of aventurine (goldstone) has a purplish red-brown hue which changes dramatically under different light conditions. The Faberge purpurine was invented by Petouchov in the St. Petersberg Imperial Glass Factory. It is deep purplish red in color, with pure gold in suspension and quite heavy. The gold pin points are simply magnificent coming from this small object. Alas, Petouchov died without passing on his secret process.
Note: The same presentation box can be seen on p. 18 of the book "Masterpieces from the House of Faberge" by Solodkoff.