If you’re anything like me, you probably still color Easter eggs. Give me something I can decorate, sprinkle some glitter on and I’m there! As a kid, I remember my Grandmother having a wonderful, bejeweled egg on a pedestal in her china cabinet (now there’s a word you don’t hear too often anymore!).
Of course at the time I had no idea that it was supposed to look like a Faberge egg, or had I even heard of them. I just knew it was sparkly, dazzling and totally captivated me. I wanted to wear it on a chain or permanently affix it to my head. The fact that it was an actual egg made no difference to me, I was a weird little kid, ok.
Fabrerge eggs have a long and storied history. “It was in 1885 that the first Imperial egg was produced. The beautifully simple egg opened up to reveal a yolk. Inside the yolk was a golden hen and inside the hen was a diamond miniature of the crown and a tiny ruby egg.
The egg was a gift to the Czarina Maria. It reminded her of home and each year thereafter, a new egg was commissioned by the Czar and created by Fabergé for the Czarina. The eggs became elaborately more jeweled, conveyed historical meaning and had a hidden surprise.
The Czar gave his wife an egg every year during the Russian Orthodox Easter festival. From 1895 to 1916, his successor, Nicholas II, gave two Easter eggs each year, one to his wife and one to his mother. A total of fifty Imperial eggs were made for the Russian Czars, but several have been lost. ” (1)
Faberge also made miniature versions of the eggs to be worn as pendants. I had the pleasure of seeing a few of them when I was at Fred Leighton (www.fredleighton.com). These tiny sparkling treasures are difficult to find and an impressive addition to any jewelry collection.
(1) Barbara Crews, “Faberge Eggs,” n.d.,http://collectibles.about.com/od/companyprofiles/p/fabergeeggs.htm(Accessed March 31, 2013).
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