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The legendary eggs

Posted by Arnold on 5/29/2013
 
The story began when Tsar Alexander III decided to give a jewelled Easter egg to his wife the Empress Marie Fedorovna, in 1885.

Easter was the most important occasion of the year in the Russian Orthodox Church, equivalent to Christmas in the West. The tsar had the idea of commissioning Peter Carl Fabergé, a Russian jeweler to create a precious Easter egg as a surprise for the Empress.

The first Imperial Easter egg, known as the Hen Egg was born. It is crafted from gold and originally contained a minute diamond replica of the Imperial Crown from which a small ruby pendant egg was suspended. Unfortunately these last two surprises have been lost.

Fabergé egg
The Kelch Rocaille, 1902

The Empress’s delight was the starting point for the yearly Imperial tradition that continued for 32 years until 1917 and produced the most captivating Easter gifts the world has ever seen.

Each egg took a year or more to make, involving a team of highly skilled craftsmen, who worked in the greatest secrecy. Fabergé was given complete freedom in the design and execution, with the only prerequisite being that there had to be surprise within each creation. Of the 50 eggs Fabergé made for the Imperial family from 1885 through to 1916, 42 have survived.

Master goldsmith Fabergé's eggs quickly became legendary and now they are regarded as precious art treasures. In 2007, a previously unknown piece was sold for 9 million British pounds at a Christie's auction in London. Even the first Fabergé egg is estimated to be worth 3-4 million dollars.

Crystal eggs reminiscent of the legendary Fabergé eggs are a popular addition to crystal collections. Here is the experience one of our recent customers was kind enough to share with us. Thank you, Janine!

"I gave my clients what they had ordered and all are pleased to have added them to their collection at a fair price. All the glasses are beautiful and a perfect match to the Faberge they had previously acquired."

You too can own one or more pieces of the Crystal Egg collection...

Astarte crystal egg


Phelberta crystal egg


Paolina crystal egg
 
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